Bills’ Damar Hamlin touts access to AEDs, CPR programs during Capitol Hill visit

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Safety of buffalo bills Hamelin’s devastation He visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday to support an important cause.

Hamlin’s life was saved by quick action by medical staff and a portable defibrillator when he suffered cardiac arrest on the field during a Monday Night Football game in January.

Hamlin spoke at the Capitol in support of the Epilepsy Access Act. The House introduced legislation on Wednesday, which would allow elementary and secondary schools to receive funding through grants to implement AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation programmes.

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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin tours the U.S. Capitol prior to an event with lawmakers to introduce the Epilepsy Access Act on March 29, 2023 in Washington, DC

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin tours the U.S. Capitol prior to an event with lawmakers to introduce the Epilepsy Access Act on March 29, 2023 in Washington, DC (Kevin Deitch/Getty Images)

“To me, those kids are why we are all here today. When I was playing soccer, I don’t remember ever thinking about CPR or knowing where an AED was at my school or on the athletic field,” Hamlin said.

Since collapsing on the field, Hamlin has started the “3 for the Heart” campaign in an effort to raise awareness of Atrial Defibrillation and CPR.

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Hamlin also shared his gratitude Invoices medical staff.

“For those who played sports, I would imagine your experience was similar. With my coaches on the field and my family in the stands, we hadn’t planned for what would happen if I or one of my teammates had sudden cardiac arrest. On January 2, everything changed. Something for me and my entire family, especially my mom, Nina, and dad, Mario, who are here with me today. Thankfully, the medical team with the Buffalo Bills was equipped, and they saved my life,” Hamlin added.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y. He showed his support for Hamlin by wearing a personalized No. 3 Bills jersey. The shirt featured a special signed message from Hamlin that read, “Thank you for the love and support.”

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, left, greets Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin at an event to introduce the Epilepsy Access Act on March 29, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, left, greets Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin at an event to introduce the Epilepsy Access Act on March 29, 2023 in Washington, D.C. (Kevin Deitch/Getty Images)

Schumer praised Hamlin for using his platform to raise awareness.

Damar Hamelin is an example of resilience, perseverance and courage Cardiac arrestThe nation joined in sad prayer and hope and united the whole country in support of his miraculous recovery. Damar’s impact goes beyond the field and extends thousands of miles outside of western New York. During a time when Damar could have retreated to a quiet recovery, he instead used his voice to turn his story into a mission to save the lives of millions of children across the country.”

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin tours the U.S. Capitol prior to an event with lawmakers to introduce the Epilepsy Access Act on March 29, 2023 in Washington, DC

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin tours the U.S. Capitol prior to an event with lawmakers to introduce the Epilepsy Access Act on March 29, 2023 in Washington, DC (Kevin Deitch/Getty Images)

Schumer pledged to help get the Epilepsy Access Act passed before 2024.

The NFL recently announced the launch of the Smart Heart Sports Alliance, in partnership with MLBAnd the NBA, MLS, NHL, NCAA, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Korey Stringer Institute, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation to call on all US states to adopt emergency action plans.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell He said that the “coalition of sports leagues and advocacy groups” would begin “a 50-state campaign to ensure all high schools have access to epileptic devices, coaches receive CPR instruction and that emergency action plans are in place to respond to sudden cardiac arrest.”

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