Dorrian Glenn, the uncle of Damar Hamlin, has shared some information about his hospitalized nephew’s condition in UC Health after he collapsed amid the Monday night NFL game.
“His heart had went out so they had to resuscitate him twice,” Glenn told CNN Jan. 3. “They resuscitated him on the field before they brought him to the hospital and then they resuscitated him a second time when they got him to the hospital.”
Glenn said to the media source that the objective is to have Damar Hamlin, who is now sedated and dependent on a ventilator, breathe on his own.
“They sedated him just to give a better chance for him to just continue to heal better,” he shared. “We are just taking it day by day. It seems like he’s trending upwards in a positive way.”
Glenn said that Hamlin has been “flipped over on his stomach” in order to assist with the blood that is on his lungs and to alleviate pressure off of the region.
After making a tackle on Tee Higgins, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver, during the first quarter of their NFL game on January 2, Hamlin suddenly fainted. During that incident, medical personnel performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Hamlin for more than ten minutes as his teammates encircled him.
Hamlin went into cardiac arrest while he was competing, according to a statement released by his team on Twitter on January 3.
Glenn stated to CNN that it was difficult to witness the incident.
“It’s just heartbreaking seeing him like that,” he told the outlet Jan. 3. “I’m not a crier, but I’ve never cried so hard in my life. Just to know like my nephew basically died on the field and they brought him back to life.””I’m just glad he’s still alive,” Glenn added, “and able to fight and trying to get better and recover.”