The latest news regardingDamar Hamlin and his recovery is positive, as the Bills safety has opened his eyes and has communicated in writing with the people and doctors around him.
But for the player to get to this point in his recovery, a critical piece was the Bills’ medical team that gave him immediate assistance on the field during the Bills-Bengals Monday Night Football game.
While Hamlin is recovering at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, doctors at the hospital today singled out Bills personnel for their quick response when Hamlin collapsed on the field.
The quickest to act was Denny Kellington
‘Among the Bills’ entire medical staff, the name of Denny Kellington stands out. According to Bills players, he was the one who immediately administered CPR to Hamlin before he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Kellington is the Bills’ assistant athletic trainer, and prior to coming to the team he joined the Syracuse football sports medicine staff in 2005 and served as Orange’s head athletic trainer from 2011 to 2017.
Kellington worked under former Bills coach Doug Marrone while at Syracuse, though they never overlapped in Buffalo. Kellington’s quick action following Hamlin’s cardiac arrest has been recognized throughout the world of football and sports in general.
Bills OT Dion Hawkins said Kellington’s efforts will not go unnoticed: “Praise this name and this person for reviving our brother Damar,” he tweeted.
Other Bills staff members who deserve recognition
‘Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Thursday that the quick actions of the Bills’ staff allowed Hamlin to survive and avoid serious neurological damage.
Others on the Bills’ medical staff who deserve recognition include Bills head athletic trainer Nate Breske; Tabani Richards, assistant athletic trainer along with Kellington; Leslie Bisson, the Bills’ medical director; and Mark Kim and Tom White, the team’s internists.
The Bills are the only team to win the Ed Block NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year award twice in the last 15 years, but the continued positive news about Hamlin’s recovery will mean much more.