Family rep says recovery is moving in a ‘positive direction’ – Orange County Register

ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) — Damar Hamlin’s recovery is moving in a “positive direction,” two days after the Buffalo Bills’ security collapsed and a cardiac arrest occurred during a game against Cincinnati, the player’s marketing rep said Wednesday.

“We all remain optimistic,” Jordon Rooney, a family spokesman who described himself as a good friend of the player, told The Associated Press over the phone. He said he was unable to elaborate on Hamlin’s status because his family asked not to provide details.

On Tuesday, the Bills said Hamlin is in critical condition.

Rooney said Hamlin’s family is positive and encouraged by the worldwide support the Bills player has received since his heart stopped and he was resuscitated on the field before being loaded into an ambulance and transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center would.

“You’re in high spirits right now,” Rooney said. “Damar is still her first concern. But for them, they’re always looking at how to turn a slightly troubling situation into a good one. The recovery from that will be incredible for him and his family.”

Rooney’s update comes after Hamlin’s uncle Dorrian Glenn told numerous media outlets on Tuesday night that there were some encouraging signs of his nephew’s progress, such as doctors reducing Hamlin’s oxygen requirements from 100% to 50%.

“Right now he’s still sedated,” Glenn told CNN. “They just want him to have a better chance to recover better. So you feel like his body can heal a lot quicker if he’s sedated than if he were awake and potentially cause other complications.”

Rooney wanted to clarify one thing Glenn said by saying there was a misunderstanding when the uncle said Hamlin needed to be resuscitated twice. Rooney said that’s “not quite right” without going into any further detail.

The chilling scene of Hamlin’s collapse, played out before a North American television audience on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” has put the NFL on hold with the crucial game suspended indefinitely. The Kansas Chiefs (13-3) are battling the Bills (12-3) and Bengals (11-4) for the AFC No.

The Bills, who returned to Buffalo early Tuesday, are scheduled to hold team meetings and walkthrough practice Wednesday. They are expected to return to practice Thursday ahead of their home game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Players and fans from across the NFL rallied in support of Hamlin, with vigils in Cincinnati and outside the Bills’ home stadium. The shock of what happened resonated in Pittsburgh, where 24-year-old Hamlin grew up determined to give back to those in need.

Hamlin was injured in the first quarter when he was hit squarely in the chest while making what appeared to be a routine tackle on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin stood up briefly and adjusted his face mask before collapsing backwards.

Hamlin hails from McKees Rocks, a tough Pittsburgh suburb, and was selected from Pitt by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2021 draft. He spent his rookie season limited to special team roles, taking the starting job in Week 3 in place of veteran Micah Hyde, who remains sidelined with a neck injury. Family rep says recovery is moving in a ‘positive direction’ – Orange County Register

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