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Players and fans unite in prayer after Hamlin collapses

Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin collapsed on the football field after suffering cardiac arrest during the NFL game that took place on Monday night between Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills. After performing CPR and then applying a defibrillator to Hamlin’s chest, the 24-year-old player was taken to a nearby hospital. The incident shocked everyone present at Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium and also those who were watching the game on ESPN. Almost immediately after Hamlin suffered from cardiac arrest, the Bills’ head coach gathered other coaches and players to pray for him, following which, other players associated with the NFL, fans and newscasters also prayed for Hamlin on social media.

World News Group reports:

Monday night’s NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals turned into a nationwide virtual prayer meeting after a player went into cardiac arrest on the field.

Bills safety Damar Hamlin stood up after tackling Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins in the first quarter, then stumbled and fell backward to the ground, seemingly lifeless.

The incident sent shockwaves of horror throughout Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium and to viewers watching on ESPN.

Paramedics immediately performed CPR on Hamlin and applied a defibrillator to his chest to restart his heart after his stunning fall. The 24-year-old Hamlin was taken from the field in an ambulance.

Doctors at a nearby hospital pronounced Hamlin in critical condition soon thereafter. News outlets later reported that Hamlin’s vital signs had returned to normal and that doctors were running more tests aimed at ensuring Hamlin’s safety.

The NFL took the unprecedented step of suspending the game—which had playoff seeding implications for both teams involved—23 minutes after Hamlin’s collapse. Cincinnati led 7-3 at the time. The NFL postponed the game indefinitely.

Almost immediately after the incident, ESPN showed Bills head coach Sean McDermott gathering his players and coaches together to pray for Hamlin. Newscasters and, fans, and players from across the NFL followed suit on social media.

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