The Cardiac Kids

I’m not a physician and I’m hesitant to dispense medical advice, but since my mom always wanted me to be a doctor (being the writer of a newsletter with no revenue model coming in a close second), I’ll pull out my Rx pad just this once to offer this health tip. If you’re going to have a heart attack, have it at the fifty yard line of an NFL stadium. As the heart wrenching story of Damar Hamlin unexpectedly turns heart warming, the NYT (Gift Article) looks at the performance by the first responders who were in the building when Hamlin collapsed. This is not a job for the faint of heart. ‘We’re Going to Need Everybody’: Recordings Captured Response to N.F.L. Crisis. “The first minutes in Cincinnati provide a window into how the N.F.L. prepared for an episode like the one at Paycor Stadium — a crisis that people around football both privately saw as inevitable and hoped would never come. The N.F.L. and its teams, the stewards of a violent sport that hinges on frequent collisions but brings in billions of dollars, ensure that dozens of medical personnel are present at each game.” The 1980 Browns were known as the Kardiac Kids for playing several games decided in the final moments. This week, the nickname should be officially passed on to every medical professional who helped save Damar Hamlin’s life—and those who save lives every day without anyone paying much attention.

+ Bills’ Hamlin breathing on his own, joins team via video. “Hamlin even joined the Bills’ team meeting on Friday morning via videoconference. He used mostly hand gestures — ‘some staple things that (the players) know him for,’ Bills coach Sean McDermott said — and told them with his voice at the end ‘love you boys.'” (Imagine what he’s gonna say to the people described in the article above.)

+ While this story is about the NFL, I don’t think it’s a particularly NFL story. Yes, the game is violent and risky, but this near death experience captured our attention because it’s so unique. In some extreme sports, from big wave surfing to free-climbing, the risk of death is a large part of what brings in the sponsors and the ratings. Veteran surfer Marcio Freire dies at Portuguese big-wave break Nazaré.

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