Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has made a remarkable recovery just over a month after suffering a cardiac arrest and collapsing in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In a new interview with “Good Morning America,” Hamlin said his life was saved by Denny Kellington, the trainer who administered CPR on the field Jan. 2 for nearly 10 minutes and restored the player’s pulse before he was rushed to hospital in critical condition.
“I owe my life to Danny. Literally,” Hamlin told “GMA’s” Michael Strahan. “He likes to say he’s just doing his job. But…that night he was literally the savior of my life, you know, giving me CPR.”
Watch Michael Strahan’s interview with Damar Hamlin Monday at 7 a.m. ET on Good Morning America.
The 24-year-old was initially put on a ventilator but showed improvement and was discharged from hospital nine days later. Hamlin’s collapse sparked a larger conversation about cardiac arrest in young people and the importance of bystanders learning to perform life-saving CPR.
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Hamlin said Kellington’s quick thinking is critical in a life-or-death situation.
“If it wasn’t for someone who showed up that day with a clear mind and whatever was going on in his personal life, just to put it aside and just be present in the moment so he could actually do his job properly – that’s something I’m really grateful for and don’t take for granted,” Hamlin said.
Tune in Monday at 7 a.m. ET to Good Morning America to see what Hamlin had to say about his recovery and what’s next, including his professional future.