The Damar Hamlin Injury

Steve Kirsch consulted Dr. Peter McCullough in order to determine what might have happened.

There is a term, commotio cordis, that describes this type of situation. A blunt hit to the chest causes a potentially lethal heart rhythm abnormality. I had been familiar with this type of injury but was unfamiliar with the term.

I had another potential explanation– cardiac tamponade. This occurs when trauma causes fluid to fill the sac surrounding the heart.

Kirsch explains in his post that the Buffalo Bills are a 100 percent vaccinated team.

It must be understood that the impact that caused this apparent injury was not unusual for football. Hamlin was making a tackle, although it would be fair to say that he took a much harder hit than the guy carrying the ball.

It was a typical football play that had never before caused a “sudden death” scenario.

McCullough explains that mild, subclinical myocarditis due to the vaccine could have predisposed him to developing a lethal heart rhythm.

Pericarditis can be a set-up for developing cardiac tamponade when there is a blunt hit to the chest. Is it possible he might have had mild, subclinical pericarditis due to the vaccine?

These are two possible mechanisms for what might have happened– commotio cordis and cardiac tamponade. Of course, there is always a possibility that neither of the above was the key factor. But we have to keep the vaccine in mind.

Recall how Aaron Rodgers was pilloried mercilessly by the media/left complex when he refused to take the vaccine. Forcing the vaccine on young athletes who had virtually no risk of dying due to Covid-19 is a crime against humanity.

Addendum: Dr. Paul Alexander has more commentary.


4 thoughts on “The Damar Hamlin Injury

  1. Whatever the cause of his heart failure we should all pray for his speedy recovery.

    I have not heard whether or not Hamlin had a history of cardiac issues.

    Many years ago at a UNC football game I saw one of the officials collapse. His heart had stopped. A team of emergency medical personnel was able to save his life in front of the spectators .

  2. I thought I recalled this incident correctly:


    BY JOHN NAGY Staff Writer CHAPEL HILL – Sep 27, 1997

    James Knight’s heart stops but is restarted by paramedics. He is in critical condition in Orange County.

    Veteran Atlantic Coast Conference referee James Knight was in critical condition Saturday night at UNC Hospitals after suffering a major heart attack during Saturday’s game between North Carolina and Virginia.

    Knight, an ACC referee for 18 years, passed out on the field during the second quarter. The Carolina offense was just about to snap the ball at the 13:57 mark of the second quarter when Knight collapsed at the 13-yard line.Knight, 51, fell backward, his arms stretched out at either side and lay motionless for a few seconds before players and officials noticed what happened.

    “His heart was stopped,’ said Dr. Greg Mears, medical director of the Orange County Emergency Medical Services and one of the first to reach Knight. Mears said Knight would face surgery within the next 24 hours.

    Both teams scrambled for their benches as team trainers and paramedics raced out to Knight.

    Paramedics began giving Knight oxygen and intravenous fluids while other medical personnel performed CPR. Paramedics also used a portable defibrillator to shock Knight’s heart back into rhythm.

    Mears, who helped resuscitate Knight, said the key was shocking Knight’s heart with electric paddles to restart its beating.

    Knight was transported to UNC Hospitals’ emergency department, which is located adjacent to Kenan Stadium. UNC officials reported Saturday afternoon that Knight was breathing on his own and undergoing more heart tests.

    “Doctors said the next 24 hours would be very critical to his recovery,’ said Bradley Faircloth, the ACC assistant commissioner in charge of football officiating.

    While Knight was being taken off the field, a fan near the south end zone passed out in the stands. Police officers and paramedics carried the unidentified fan away on a backboard. Mears said the fan complained of chest pains and was admitted to UNC Hospitals.

    Faircloth said neither the conference nor the other officials considered discontinuing the game after Knight collapsed.

    “They huddled together and had a prayer and got the game back under way,’ said Faircloth, who ran out onto the field when he saw Knight collapse.

    When the game resumed about 15 minutes later, side judge Dan Hogue assumed the referee’s spot, and substitute official Ted Jackson came down from the stands to take Hogue’s place.

    Courtney Mauzy, an ACC referee who was off this weekend and watching the game from his Raleigh home, pulled on his uniform and drove to Chapel Hill in time for the second-half kickoff.

    ACC referees are required to undergo annual physicals and must be able to complete a 1-mile conditioning run. This year’s run was cut to -mile because of heat and humidity, Faircloth said, adding that Knight, a smoker, passed all physicals and showed no signs of illness.

    Knight, a salesman based in Charlotte, has spent most of his officiating career in the ACC. He worked for three years in the NFL before rejoining the ACC about two years ago.

    “He preferred to officiate at the collegiate level,’ Faircloth said. “He’s the most dedicated person you can possibly find, a great leader.’

    A graduate of Wake Forest College, Knight is married with two children. He served in Vietnam with the Army and was awarded several medals, including multiple Purple Hearts.

    Knight was the fourth cardiac arrest victim in the last five years during games at either Kenan Stadium or the Dean Smith Center, where the school plays its basketball games. The three previous victims all left the hospital alive, Mears said.

    1. Fred, there has been a sharp rise in this type of incident over the last couple of years, as you know. It is particularly suggestive of the vaccine effect in the younger population– say, those under age 40. But it is possible that the vaccine could have been the culprit in a 51 year old also, as in the case of this gentleman, if he had taken the vaccine. Heart attacks and cardiac arrests historically are more prevalent during the middle-aged years and much more prevalent among the elderly– and this was true long before the Covid vaccines emerged. This incident obviously might not have been a vaccine effect. But we need to be very concerned that it could have been.

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