A representative for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin reportedly offered an update Wednesday on the player’s health while he remained at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center following a medical emergency.
Doctors at the hospital got «promising readings that they were hoping to see,» ESPN reported, citing Jordon Rooney and the Hamlin family. Rooney reportedly added that there seemed to be «progress». Hamlin was still in the ICU sedated and considered in critical condition.
Rooney also clarified to the outlet that Hamlin only needed to be resurrected once, at Paycor Stadium. Dorian Glenn, Hamlin’s uncle, told CNN Tuesday night that Hamlin’s heart needed to be reset a second time.
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Rooney also warned that Hamlin still had a «long way to go in his recovery», but the family was optimistic.
“They are elated right now,” he added to the Associated Press. «Damar is still his number one concern. But for them, they’re always looking for how they can turn a worrying situation into a good one. The recovery from this, for him and his family, will be amazing.»
Rooney has said that he is a friend and marketing representative of Hamlin’s. He issued a statement on behalf of the family Tuesday afternoon. It is unclear how close he is in contact with the doctors working on the player.
Glenn spoke to the NFL Network Tuesday night and offered more optimism about Hamlin’s condition. He said Hamlin improved on 50% oxygen on a ventilator.
Hamlin went into cardiac arrest at 8:55 p.m. Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after making a tackle on Tee Higgins; medical personnel performed CPR for nine minutes in the field before he was taken to a local hospital.
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«I’m very, very grateful for the medical staff that have been working with him,» Glenn said of the «heartbreaking» events. «They’ve been really amazing and have helped with his recovery. It was a really scary scene to witness that yesterday as everyone in the country probably agrees. I would have felt the way I felt no matter who it was.» , but for being my nephew, man, that was an especially gut-punching thing to see. I’m thankful that he’s still here, still alive, and still fighting. We are just taking it day by day. and continue to allow medical staff to do what they do.»
Hamlin’s family issued a statement Tuesday expressing their «sincere gratitude» for the outpouring of support they received amid a «difficult time» for the family.
«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,» the statement read. release. .
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The game between the Bills and Bengals was postponed.
Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.