Cardiac Arrest, and Get Back Out There Boys...
A player for the Buffalo Bills crumpled yesterday following a seemingly routine play. Cardiac arrest. CPR. Doctors. Defibrillation. Ambulance. All in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.
I will not say I know why he collapsed. Some are quick to say it was the vaxx. Maybe. But I also know of a 20-year-old player for the local Nipawin Hawks (hockey) who once blocked a shot in the chest, the same location that the football player got hit. This young man got up, then promptly collapsed. He died later in hospital. It's a tragedy. Sadly, it happens.
Rumours are that the NFL wanted to keep playing the game. Something to the effect of: "Hey boys, take 5 minutes to collect yourselves, then we're back out there." People are jumping all over the NFL for this. Though the NFL denies this to be the case (note: they're not the most honest organization to ever walk this earth).
Not fun. I sympathize.
Years back I was called to an emergency staff meeting before school. The police were there. We were informed that a family in our community (which included two of my students) was murdered. We were then told that none of the students knew yet, and that we had to calmly teach as if everything was normal. This all happened 10 minutes before the first bell.
Can you imagine? I was shaking as I tried to launch into a lesson. It was brutal. I think at one point a student asked where one of the missing students was. Hopefully heaven, I thought.
I sympathize with the NFL players not wanting to keep playing the game. More important, I pray that Mr. Damar Hamlin of the Bills is able to pull through and recover. Human life is far more precious than any football game (or any random day of school).
Cover image from ctvnews.ca