The team announced Wednesday that the Green Bay Packers are donating $100,000 to be used to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and expand access to CPR and AED training. The money will go to schools and recreational sports leagues in need of equipment and training in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The donation is in response to the cardiac arrest of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin during a Jan. 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The training and quick intervention of the Bills medical staff are credited with helping to save the 24-year-old’s life.
“After watching Damar Hamlin’s shocking cardiac arrest and witnessing the incredible response of the emergency personnel and medical professionals who treated him, we recognized our responsibility to act in our own community,” said President Packers Mark Murphy in a statement. “Damar’s injury also reminds us that cardiac emergencies are experienced every day across the country and our region.”
Hamlin has made a remarkable recovery after spending several days in the intensive care unit at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He was released from the hospital on Jan. 11 to continue recovering at his home in Buffalo, and Bills head coach Sean McDermott. he told reporters on Wednesday that Hamlin has been making trips to the team facility “almost daily” after meeting with his teammates there on Jan. 14 before Buffalo’s wild-card round win over the Miami Dolphins.
The Packers’ donation is intended to cover the cost of 80 DEA. Wisconsin healthcare provider Bellin Health will provide training on the use of AEDs, as well as CPR training, which will be mandatory for organizations receiving the equipment.
The Packers and Bellin Health also plan to hold a large-scale public training opportunity at Lambeau Field during the offseason and are trying to spread the word about hands-only CPR training, a basic level of CPR that people without advanced medical training can learn. or experience
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