The family of the American football player who suffered cardiac arrest at an NFL game has asked supporters to pray for him.
In a statement, Damar Hamlin’s relatives expressed their “sincere gratitude” for the love and support they have extended to him at “this challenging time,” and thanked Cincinnati first responders and hospital staff.
“We have been touched by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country,” they added.
buffalo bills defensive back fell on the pitch He received about 10 minutes of CPR after he was injured by a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals.
He collided with Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins during Monday night’s incident. He then managed to stand up, appearing to adjust his helmet, but then fell backwards, lying motionless.
The 24-year-old stopped his heartbeat before it was “resuscitated” by medical staff on the field, Beal said.
His jersey was cut off and he was reportedly put on oxygen.
Hamlin was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further testing and treatment, Bill said on their official Twitter account.
“He is currently sedated and in a critical condition,” the club said.
His family added: “We would also like to thank the first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for their excellent care of Damar.
“We are lucky to be a part of and have the support of the Buffalo Bills. We would also like to thank Coach (Zach) Taylor and the Bengals for everything they have done.
“Your generosity and compassion mean so much to us. Please pray for Damar. We will post an update as soon as we receive it.”
During the incident, Tee Higgins was the first to hit the defender in the chest with his right shoulder.
Hamlin then put his arms around Higgins’ shoulders and helmet and dragged him into the water.
The incident led to a surge in donations to a charity Hamlin launched two years ago to buy toys for children in need. People donated around $4m (£3.3m) in less than 24 hours.
Bills players and staff prayed together on the field as an ambulance took Hamlin to the hospital.
His teammates received a standing ovation from fans, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the game had been postponed following the incident.