American football star Damar Hamlin has been taken to hospital after collapsing violently on the field during an NFL game.
Paramedics rushed to Cincinnati’s stadium on Monday and performed CPR on the Buffalo Bills player for about 10 minutes after he collapsed suddenly after a tackle hit him in the chest.
The young player managed to stand up and appeared to adjust his helmet, but then fell backwards, motionless.
As stunned players watched on as an ambulance rolled onto the field, the crowd at the Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Tigers game fell silent.
Hamlin’s jersey was cut off, and ESPN reported during the game that he was also given oxygen.
“Nobody’s been through this,” said NFL quarterback-turned-commentator Troy Aikman. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The NFL confirmed that Hamlin is in critical condition at the hospital.
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott led the team in prayer as the ambulance left the stadium. Many of the 24-year-old’s teammates were in tears, with his mother also watching from the crowd.
She is believed to have been able to ride with him in an ambulance en route to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, two miles from the stadium.
The game was suspended – it has now been postponed to the evening.
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