An NFL player has a cardiac arrest after being hit in the chest

Buffalo Bills players fall to their knees after teammate Damar Hamlin suffers cardiac arrest - Joshua A. Bickel/AP

Buffalo Bills players fall to their knees after teammate Damar Hamlin suffers cardiac arrest – Joshua A. Bickel/AP

Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition in intensive care after suffering a cardiac arrest during an NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hamlin received CPR on the field after colliding with wide-angle Bengali Tee Higgins, who had his heartbeat restored on the field before being taken to a Cincinnati hospital.

“Damar Hamlin spent last night in intensive care and remains there in critical condition to this day at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, bills posted on their official Twitter account.

“We are grateful and appreciative of the outpouring of support we have received so far.”

Hamlin’s family issued a statement on Tuesday thanking them for the love and support they have shown since the incident, as well as expressing their gratitude for the response of first responders and healthcare professionals.

“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this difficult time. We are deeply touched by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country.”

It continued: “Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please remember Damar in your prayers. We’ll post updates as soon as we get them.”

Bills players and staff prayed together on the field as an ambulance took 24-year-old Hamlin to the hospital.

Bills players and staff pray together on the pitch - Jeff Dean/AP

Bills players and staff pray together on the pitch – Jeff Dean/AP

Hamlin’s teammates received a standing ovation from fans, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell soon announced that the game had been postponed following the incident.

In a statement, the NFL said: “Hamlin received immediate on-field medical attention from team and independent medical personnel and local paramedics.

“He was then transported to a local hospital where he is in critical condition.”

A statement from the NFL Players Association reads: “The NFLPA and everyone in our community is praying for Damar Hamlin.

“We’ve been in contact with Bills and Bengals players and the NFL. Damara’s health and well-being are all that matters at the moment.”

Millions donated to the Hamlin community for toys in support

Donations to the Chasing M’s Foundation Community Toy Drive on Tuesday afternoon in the UK soared to more than $3.6m (£2.9m) and show no signs of stopping.

Pennsylvania-born’s initial description of the drive – which Hamlin wrote in 2020 – reads: “As I begin my NFL journey, I will never forget where I came from and I am determined to use my platform to positively impact the community that raised me.

“I created The Chasing M’s Foundation as a vehicle to allow me to make that kind of impact.”

There was an explosion of emotions in the United States in response to the incident that took place in the penultimate week of the NFL regular season. The NFL later confirmed that play would not resume that week.

Higgins tweeted: “My prayers and thoughts go out to @HamlinIsland, the Hamlin family. I pray you survive, brother. Love”. Higgins added a prayer and a blue heart emoji.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen said on his personal Twitter account, “Please pray for our brother.”

JJ Watt of the Arizona Cardinals, three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, tweeted: “The game is not important. Damar Hamlin’s life is important. Please be okay. Please”.

Fox Sports host Skip Bayliss drew criticism as he appeared to question the game’s postponement in a tweet: “There’s no question the NFL is considering postponing the rest of this game – but how? So late in the season, playing that size is critical to a regular season outcome…which suddenly seems so unimportant.”

Former NFL player Jacob Hester was among those who responded to the tweet advising him to “read the room and have a heart”.

Bayliss hosted “Undisputed” on Tuesday morning, although his co-host, former NFL player Shannon Sharpe, did not show up. Bayliss later followed up the tweet in which he apologized for what he said was a misunderstanding.

“Nothing is more important than the health of this young man. That was the purpose of my last tweet. I’m sorry if this has been misunderstood, but his health is the only thing that matters,” he wrote.

Fans light candles as they gather outside the University of Cincinnati Medical Center - AP/JEFF DEAN

Fans light candles as they gather outside the University of Cincinnati Medical Center – AP/JEFF DEAN

Basketball star LeBron James also offered prayers to Hamlin after the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

James said, “My thoughts and super prayers go to heaven for this kid’s family, for him, for this NFL fraternity and all members of the NFL family.

“It was definitely the right call to suspend this match. Player safety in all sports is always paramount.

“It was a terrible thing to see and I wish all the best to this kid, the city of Buffalo, the Bills franchise, the rest of the NFL and the Bengals who played in that game.”

Buffalo is the only franchise to play in New York State, and Eric Adams, the Mayor of New York, led prayers for Hamlin.

Adams said, “I am asking all New Yorkers to join me in praying for Damar Hamlin, his family, his teammates, and our brothers and sisters in Buffalo.”

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