Dan Orlovsky, an analyst for ESPN, elected to take a moment to pray for Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin as part of a live television broadcast this past Tuesday in the wake of the 24-year-old athlete being rushed to the hospital this week due to a heart attack mid-game.
Hamlin collapsed while there was still roughly six minutes left on the clock in the first quarter of the Monday Night Football game directly after he tackled Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins, who had just successfully made a 13-yard catch. directly after the tackle, Hamlin popped back to his feet, stumbled backward a small step, and promptly collapsed back down to the ground.
“I heard the Buffalo Bills organization say that we believe in prayer, and maybe this is not the right thing to do, but it’s just on my heart and I want to pray for Damar Hamlin right now,” expressed Orlocksky while speaking on an episode of “NFL Live.”
“I’m going to do it out loud, I’m going to close my eyes and bow my head, and I’m just going to pray for him,” Orlovsky went on. “God, we come to you in these moments that we don’t understand, that are hard, because we believe that you’re God, and coming to you and praying to you has impact.”
“We’re sad, we’re angry, and we want answers, but some things are unanswerable. We just want to pray, truly come to you and pray for strength for Damar, for healing for Damar, for comfort for Damar, to be with his family, to give them peace. If we didn’t believe that prayer didn’t work, we wouldn’t ask this of you, God. I believe in prayer, we believe in prayer. We lift up Damar Hamlin’s name in your name. Amen.”
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Hamlin’s uncle, Dorrian Glenn, expressed to CNN this past Tuesday night that doctors had the young man “flipped over on his stomach” to assist with the blood on his lungs due to his sustaining “some damage to his lungs,” explained the report.
Glenn went further to also explain that Hamlin is still under sedation and on a ventilator.
“His heart had went out so they had to resuscitate him twice,” explained Glenn. “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 stated that it seems like Hamlin is “trending upwards in a positive way.”
It was also reported by Local sports reporter Josh Reed that a tidbit of more information was given from Glenn in regard to Hamlin’s health.
“Just spoke with Damar Hamlin’s uncle. Damar was originally on 100% oxygen and is now down to 50%,” relayed Reed. “Says the family is hanging in there. He thanked Bills fans, and Bengals fans and asked for continued prayers.”