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Damar Hamlin remains in ICU. Here's what we know about the Buffalo Bills player's condition.

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Damar Hamlin spent Monday night in an intensive care unit and remained there on Tuesday in critical condition, the Buffalo Bills said in a statement.

The 24-year-old NFL player collapsed during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night, and Bills officials said he suffered cardiac arrest.

Hamlin’s uncle spoke to reporters outside the University of Cincinnati Medical Center on Tuesday night and said his nephew’s heart stopped twice, once on the field and once in the hospital, CBS Chicago reported. Charlie DeMar reported.

What happened at the Monday Night Football game?

With 5:58 left in the game’s first quarter, Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins, who was running with the ball, hit Hamlin, a 24-year-old safety, in the chest with his helmet during a play. Hamlin dragged Higgins to the ground. Hamlin got up soon after – but a few seconds later, he passed out.

Medical staff tended to Hamlin for 19 minutes on the field, the Associated Press reported, and Hamlin received CPR and required an automated external defibrillator. CBS Sports reported that he was placed on a stretcher and then placed in an ambulance, where he was given oxygen, to be taken to the hospital.

The remainder of the Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game was postponed.

The bills said tuesday early that Hamlin had suffered cardiac arrest and his heartbeat was restored on the field, and he was transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He was sedated and listed in critical condition, the team said.

fans gathered outside the hospital during the night and donated millions of dollars to Hamlin’s effort to buy Christmas toys for children in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh.

What is “commotio cordis”?

While it remains unclear exactly what Hamlin experienced, CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus said Hamlin may have suffered what is known as commotio cordiswhich is the cardiac arrhythmia that occurs when someone takes a direct blow to the chest.

Describing the condition as “a confusion of the heart” where the heart muscle pumps erratically, Agus said the energy from the stroke interferes with the heart’s electrical signals, creating a new beat known as ventricular fibrillation – a fast, erratic heartbeat that doesn’t pump. blood to the brain. When that happens, Agus said, the heart needs to be shocked back into a regular rhythm.

“That’s why there are defibrillators on the sidelines of games, is to be able to use them to shock the best heart back into a regular rhythm,” he said.

Agus said that every minute that blood flow is interrupted in the brain increases the potential for serious consequences – including death.

“Each minute you wait is basically a 10% increase in the probability of death – so the faster you do it, the better,” he said.

Agus said the next 12 to 24 hours will show how Hamlin’s heart is recovering – but the big question is whether he suffered any brain damage from the cardiac arrest. The faster they can get his heart racing, Agus said, the more likely he is to recover quickly.

Hamlin is supposedly on a ventilator, so Agus said that over the next 12 to 24 hours, the medical team will slow the machine down to see if his body takes over and he starts breathing on his own, allowing them to remove the ventilator.

Agus said that approximately 30 cases of commotio cordis occur in the US each year, including among Little League players who are hit in the chest by a ball.

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