Harvard-Educated Cardiologist's Tweet Deepens Mystery About What Really Happened to Damar Hamlin
"We just learned Hamlin was resuscitated twice, once on the field (with ROSC) and again in the hospital... as a cardiologist this makes commotio cordis less likely"...
There are certain questions that you are not allowed to ask in Biden’s America.
What happened to “ten percent for the Big Guy”? Why didn’t Nancy Pelosi secure the nation’s capitol on January 6? Who was the Supreme Court leaker? And when a young healthy person has a heart attack, was it because of the Covid vaccines?
Privacy concerns regarding the ‘question shall not be asked’ [is he vaccinated?] did not stop cities like New York City and San Francisco from implementing Covid passports. Nor did it stop the U.S. government from terminating thousands of federal workers who refused to get jabbed. Nor did it save Covid-shot objecting nurses and doctors who worked in hospitals around the country.
So, one might be forgiven for venturing forward with such a loaded question and not fret about contrived concerns regarding ‘privacy,’ particularly about NFL players whose detailed medicals are shared with the public on a weekly basis.
It was just this question that rushed to the forefront of many Covid vaccine skeptic’s minds on Monday night, when Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin suffered from what seemed like a routine hit to the chest.
Hamlin was hit, fell down, got back up, and then collapsed in a terrifying heap.
Thus began the mystery of what had happened to Hamlin. If he had suffered a spinal cord injury, then his motor cortex could not have directed his extremities to get him up from the ground.
The Buffalo Bills on early Tuesday confirmed that he had suffered from cardiac arrest.
"Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals," the official Buffalo Bills account tweeted. "His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition."
There were further details shared at the time. According to a friend and marketing representative for Hamlin, "His vitals are back to normal and they have put him to sleep to put a breathing tube down his throat. They are currently running tests."
Tricia Macke of Fox19 reported, "I am told that Damar Hamlin has been intubated and is currently listed in critical condition."
The New York Times reported that Hamlin was given CPR for nearly 10 minutes, which is a critical cut-off time for the procedure. Hamlin is therefore not out of the woods just yet.
Medical personnel administered CPR and attended to him for 10 minutes as players from both teams were visibly upset, some shedding tears on the sideline while others circled together and knelt in prayer. One medical professional appeared to administer an IV. Hamlin was later placed on a stretcher and transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
On Wednesday, the Bills shared the relatively good news that Hamlin appeared to be showing “signs of improvement.”
"Damar remains in the ICU in critical condition with signs of improvement noted yesterday and overnight," the team said in a tweet.
"He is expected to remain under intensive care as his health care team continues to monitor and treat him."
While some have speculated that Hamlin’s cardiac arrest could be vaccine-related, there is no substantive evidence to conclude such. One report, purportedly from a "doctor" that had given Hamlin the Covid booster, appears to be a fake.
This does not rule out that Hamlin was given the mRNA shot; but HIPAA rules prevent such information being accessed against a patient's will. There is no public record of Hamlin objecting to the Covid shots.
One theory that has become popular is that Hamlin suffered from commotio cordis (a phenomenon in which a sudden blunt impact to the chest causes sudden death in the absence of cardiac damage). While some argue that subclinical myocarditis, which has been scientifically associated with the mRNA Covid shots, could be a contributing factor, the fact is that commotio cordis can happen to healthy adults on rare occasion.
As one observer noted, "Chris Pronger suffered commotio cordis after taking a slap shot to the chest in 1998."
This does not rule out underlying subclinical myocarditis as a potential contributing factor, but it does substantiate that commotio cordis can and does occur on rare occasion with healthy athletes.
It is in this context that the tweet from the Chief of Cardiology at AdvantageCare Physicians, Haitham Ahmed, has contributed to the controversy. That is because the doctor refuted the commotio cordis diagnosis.
"We just learned Hamlin was resuscitated twice, once on the field (with ROSC) and again in the hospital," he wrote before locking his account. "As a cardiologist this makes commotio cordis less likely. If the impact caused and arrhythmia and rhythm was restored, he wouldn't arrest again an hour later. Full eval needed."
Hamlin's uncle had said in a CNN interview that he had actually “died twice,” once on the field and once when he arrived at the hospital.
“Right now, they got him on a ventilator, so they’re trying to get him to breathe on his own,” Hamlin’s uncle Dorrian Glenn said to CNN. “So, we’re just kind of taking it day by day. Still in the ICU. They have him sedated, so just continue to administer the medical treatment that they’ve been doing.”
The cardiologist's remark makes sense due to the way that commotio cordis occurs. As a Seattle Times report notes: "In the absence of definitive findings from Hamlin’s cardiac workup, doctors will have to consider a diagnosis that explains roughly 10 to 20 deaths a year in the United States, mostly among young male athletes: commotio cordis."
“Commotio cordis occurs in people with normal hearts,” said Dr. Mark S. Link, a cardiologist at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who has written about the unusual cause of sudden cardiac arrest.
"Sudden cardiac arrest can be the result of trauma, a side effect of medication or a repercussion of heart muscle damage incurred by a viral infection," the article claims, ignoring that myocarditis is far more associated with the mRNA shots than with a prior Covid infection.
"It can be the predictable outcome of a chronic disease or the first indication of a disease written into a patient’s genes at conception. Sometimes more than one of these contributors is present, muddying the picture," the article added.
Hamlin's heart issues are not the first to strike the NFL in the past few years. In October, all-world NFL defensive J.J. Watt, who is now retiring, revealed that his heart went into “A-Fib,” or atrial fibrillation, and had to be shocked back into rhythm.
"I was just told somebody leaked some personal information about me and it’s going to be reported on today," he said. "I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I’m playing today. That’s it."
In December, it was reported that the New York Jets' rookie Offensive Tackle Max Mitchell was out for the season with a rare case of "blood clots."
But they are far from the only young athletes to suffer from heart and blood conditions after taking the Covid shots. According to data from a recent peer-reviewed study, 279 recent and former athletes in the United States have died from cardiac arrests after taking COVID-19 vaccines.
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