Oklahoma Man Credited with Saving Damar Hamlin’s Life on Monday
They say in a situation where someone loses air or their heart stops. Every second counts. Thanks to the quick thinking actions of this man, Damar Hamlin is moving in the right direction.
The talk of the sports world the entire week has been Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsing on the field during Monday Night Football. Obviously, we have been wanting to hear any positive news in this situation. It looks like we finally got some yesterday after it was announced that Damar was breathing at about 50% capacity on his own. He was able to move his extremities and is able to communicate with pen and paper.
Things are finally starting to look good for him, but obviously he has a long way to go. A lot of people are crediting the quick thinking actions of Buffalo Bills Assistant Athletic Trainer Denny Kellington. Once Denny realized this was not some routine got the wind knocked out of him scenario, he started administering CPR.
Hamlin's heartbeat was restored on the field and he was able to be given oxygen from the ambulance that arrived to take him to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. We don't want to think about the what ifs in this scenario, but having your heart stop or stopping oxygen to your brain is always a do something as soon as possible scenario.
Denny Kellington grew up in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University to get his bachelor's degree and was a member of the athletic staff for the football team from 1996-1999. Since those days he has been a part of the athletic staffs for Syracuse, Ohio State, Denver Broncos and has been a part of the Buffalo Bills since 2017. I imagine if he wanted, that assistant position he is currently holding could be upgraded in the offseason.