As Buffalo Bills football player Damar Hamlin makes “remarkable” progress in his recovery from going into cardiac arrest during a game last week, a coach who rushed to his aid after he collapsed helped revive him. he received praise as a “true hero” from the injured athlete’s supporters.
Bills coach Denny Kellington immediately went to Hamlin when the 24-year-old safety’s heart stopped beating properly after making a tackle during the first quarter of his team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 2.
Kellington performed cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, on Hamlin before a defibrillator was used on the player, his heartbeat was restored, and he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance in scenes that spectators at the stadium and on television.
A doctor who treated Hamlin after he arrived at the hospital has credited the quick actions of Kellington and other members of the Bills’ medical staff with saving the player’s life.
“Immediate CPR by a bystander … rarely happens,” the doctor, William Knight IV, later said during a news conference. “We cannot credit his team enough.”
Knight’s assessment and a similar one from another doctor treating Hamlin, Timothy Pritts, who said the player’s outlook could have been much worse had his treatment started later, came as Bills coach Sean McDermott he praised Kellington with applause.
“For an assistant to find himself in that position and need to take the action that he took, and step up and take over like he did … is incredible,” McDermott told reporters at a news conference about Kellington and his colleagues. on the Bills’ medical staff.
“The courage that it took…speaks of a true leader, a true hero, who saved Damar’s life and I just admire his strength.”
“He…was crucial in saving [Hamlin’s] life,” Griffin added in a tweet that garnered more than 240,000 likes and 1,200 responses.
Griffin’s teammate, retired NFL player Ryan Clark, also a television analyst, said in a tweet on Saturday that Kellington was one of the main reasons “we may one day shout out Damar Hamlin again.”
“Don’t forget to say hello to the unsung heroes of game days,” Clark’s tweet added.
Fans also praised Kellington, including one on Twitter suggesting the Bills include him on their wall of honor, as well as another saying he and his co-workers on the team’s medical staff should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Pro Football fame in Canton. Ohio.
Denny Kellington joined the Bills in 2017. Photo: Buffalo Bills
“Soccer is about more than superstar players,” said that fan. “It’s everyone who makes a substantial contribution to the sport.”
Kellington directed a Guardian request for comment to a Bills spokesman on Saturday. The spokesperson then provided a statement saying Kellington assisted Hamlin as “part of an emergency action plan that exists at every NFL site, involving team and independent medical and training personnel, as well as team personnel.” and security, and it is checked before each game”.
“Every member of [that] the team simply did their job and there was no act of individual heroism,” the statement continued.
The Bills’ statement to The Guardian encouraged members of the public to show their support for the team’s medical and training staff by obtaining or upgrading CPR certification.
Kellington’s profile on the LinkedIn network showed that he studied human health and performance, as well as sports and exercise at Oklahoma State and Ohio State universities, respectively.
He spent nearly 12 years as the head athletic trainer for the Syracuse University football team before joining the Bills in 2017, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The Bills issued a statement Friday announcing that Hamlin was making “remarkable” progress and was speaking with his doctors and family. He had been removed from a breathing tube he had been attached to after cardiac arrest and, more importantly, “his neurological function remains intact,” the team statement said.
A separate statement on Twitter from the Bills on Saturday noted that Hamlin was still considered to be in critical condition at the hospital, but the team also said: “He continues to breathe on his own and his neurological function is excellent.”
Messages posted to Hamlin’s Twitter account Saturday expressed thanks to “everyone who reached out and prayed” for him, saying “the love is felt.”
“This will make me stronger on the road to recovery,” the messages read. “Keep praying for me!”