The Buffalo Bills has revealed that the team’s assistant athletic trainer Denny Kellington saved safety Damar Hamlin’s life.
Kellington has been praised by head coach Sean McDermott for “saving Damar’s life” for his quick thinking and reaction.
As Slay News reported, Hamlin shocked the world when he collapsed on the field mid-game after suffering a cardiac arrest.
McDermott said: “For an assistant to find himself at that position and needing to take the action that he did and step up and take charge like he did – and there were others on the field as well – is nothing short of amazing.
“And the courage that took – you talk about a real leader, a real hero in saving Damar’s life, and just admire his strength.”
Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins said: “Denny Kellington let’s praise this name and person for reviving Our Brother Damar on the field.
“Denny gave CPR and chest compressions to get his Heart Back Beating.
“And also thank you to all the doctors and Medical professionals that have helped and assisted.”
“It’s certainly not an exaggeration to say that the skilled and the immediate response by all of these talented caregivers prevented a very tragic outcome at that moment,” NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said.
Doctors say Damar Hamlin initially had a pulse on the field and then lost it.
That’s when Kellington started to perform CPR, ultimately saving his life.
Kellington spent time building his career at Oklahoma State, Ohio State, and Syracuse.
He’s been a trainer in New York since 2005, and he’s been with the Bills for nearly 6 years.
“We heard that news this morning and there’s nothing that coulda been told to us to bring our day down,” Bills quarterback Josh Allen, said at the Thursday news conference.
“We’re extremely happy for him and his family.
“We just want to, we just want to love up on him, so the next chance we get, I don’t know when it’s gonna be if we get to see him any time soon, it’s gonna be awesome.”
Dr. Timothy Pritts said after discovering Damar’s neurological condition and function are intact:
“This marks a really good turning point in his ongoing care.
“There are many, many steps still ahead of him. From our standpoint, we would like to see him continue to improve, to be completely breathing on his own and to be ready to be discharged from the hospital.”
After Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on Monday night, the man who administered CPR was Bills assistant athletic trainer Denny Kellington.
His speed and skill were “absolutely vital,” per @AlbertBreer. pic.twitter.com/0LmD9GAtsI
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) January 5, 2023
Denny Kellington let’s praise this name and person for reviving Our Brother Damar on the field. Denny gave CPR and chest compressions to get his Heart Back Beating #DennyKellington And also thank you to all the doctors and Medical professionals that have helped and assisted ❤️❤️3
— Dion Dawkins (@DDawkins66) January 5, 2023
One hero who should be recognized here: Last night, I was told the work of Bills assistant athletic trainer Denny Kellington in administering CPR to Damar Hamlin on Monday was absolutely vital.
The speed and skill with which he and others reacted = A huge difference-maker.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 5, 2023