Damar Hamlin, a safety for the Buffalo Bills, spoke for the first time on camera on Saturday night after experiencing a cardiac arrest earlier this month during a Monday Night Football game.
During the game against Cincinnati, following a 13-yard catch, Hamlin stood up, took a step backward, and fell to the ground, following the tackle with Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. About six minutes left in the first quarter when Hamlin collapsed.
On the field and in the hospital, where he was kept in serious condition for several days, CPR was administered to Hamlin.
In a video that he uploaded to Instagram, Hamlin remarked:
“Now that my brothers have closed out a strong, winning season, as I continue to make so much progress recovering, I think it’s finally a good time to share a few things,”
“I think it was important for me to wait and speak publicly at the right time, as it was just a lot to process within my own self mentally, physically, even spiritually, it’s just been a lot to process. But I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of all the love, all the support, and everything that’s just been coming my way.”
“What happened to me on Monday Night Football I feel is a direct example of God using me as a vessel to share my passion and my love directly from my heart with the entire world, and I’m able to give it back to kids and communities all across the world who need it the most, and that’s always been my dream. That’s always been what I stood for and what I’ll continue to stand for.”
Following the incident, Hamlin thanked a long list of people who helped save his life.
“Ever since I became a Buffalo Bill, it’s been nothing but genuine love and support. Not even only for me, but everyone’s situation,” Hamlin said. “No matter what it was, Bills Mafia jumped behind it and gave 110% support, love, no matter the situation. With this happening to me, I didn’t feel anything short of the love. And it really helped me stay encouraged to get through the toughest moments and the toughest times. I really can’t thank you enough.”
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