The family of American footballer Damar Hamlin, who suffered a cardiac arrest during an NFL game, has asked his supporters to keep him in their prayers.
In a statement, his family expressed their “sincere gratitude for the love and support” shown to them during “this difficult time” and thanked first responders and hospital staff.
They added, “We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans across the country.”
Buffalo Bills Safety collapsed on the ground and received CPR for about 10 minutes after colliding with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins on Monday night.
Hamlin managed to get up and seemed to adjust his helmet, but then fell back and stood still.
The 24-year-old had his heart rate ‘restored’ on the pitch by medical staff.
His football shirt was cut off and he was reportedly given oxygen.
Hamlin was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for further testing and treatment, the Bills said on their official Twitter account.
“He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition,” the club said.
His family added, “We also want to thank the dedicated first responders and healthcare professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who provided Damar with exceptional care.
“We feel so lucky to be part of the Buffalo Bills organization and to have their support. We also want to thank Coach (Zac) Taylor and the Bengals for all they have done.
“Your generosity and compassion mean the world to us. Please keep Damar in your prayers. We will post updates as soon as we have them.”
The incident has prompted a surge in donations for a charity campaign set up by Hamlin two years ago to buy toys for children in need.
Players and Bills staff prayed together on the field as an ambulance transported Hamlin to hospital.
His teammates received standing ovations from fans and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the game had been postponed after the incident.