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Injured NFL Player Resuscitated Twice After On-Field Cardiac Arrest

'That hit had to occur at a certain point in time that was only five milliseconds long. If that hit occurred one millisecond after or before, this may not have happened...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) With the life of a professional football player hanging in the balance, concerned onlookers continued to offer their prayers for recovery, while a serious debate emerged as to whether the COVID vaccine may have been responsible.

Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills safety who suffered cardiac arrest on Sunday after completing a tackle, remained sedated and on a ventilator as of Wednesday.

According to the New York Post, Hamlin, 24, was resuscitated once on the field and once at the hospital and suffered severe lung damage.

The game was halted after the incident. There are no current talks of rescheduling.

Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn, made a statement outside of the hospital saying it is a “good sign” that Hamlin’s breathing is only 50% reliant on a ventilator—down from 100% just after the accident first happened.

“A lot of people don’t get to see how loved they are while they’re alive,” Glenn told the NFL Network. “So for him to have a situation where he could have been taken away and he has a chance to come back and see all that love that he got.”

 

Cardiologist Marc Cohen explained that there is a milliseconds-long period within each one minute cardiac cycle where the heart is weak and may react poorly to abrupt, hard physical impacts.

“That hit had to occur at a certain point in time that was only five milliseconds long,” said Cohen, chairman of the department of medicine at Newark–Beth Israel Medical Center. “If that hit occurred one millisecond after or before, this may not have happened.”

Some were blaming what happened to Hamlin on the COVID-19 vaccine.

The shot is suspected to cause severe blood clots, heart disease and a phenomenon known as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

On Twitter, the debate raged, with the hashtag #DiedSuddenly becoming a trending topic.

Pro-vaxxers argued that the sudden hit to the chest was the sole cause, while vaccine skeptics said the added stress on Hamlin’s heart likely exacerbated the impact of the hit.

Less controversially, Hamlin’s sudden collapse also launched a #PrayersforDamar movement, with all 32 NFL accounts changing their Twitter profile pictures to the player’s No. 3 jersey and the words “Pray for Damar.”

Fans in Buffalo hosted a prayer vigil for Hamlin outside of Highmark Stadium.

ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky prayed for Hamlin during a live TV broadcast after the incident.

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