Doctors have treated Damar Hamlin speak Bill’ safe was transported to a Buffalo hospital on Monday, a welcome sign of the remarkable progress he has made a week after cardiac arrest and resuscitation on the field during a game in Cincinnati .
Hamlin was discharged from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in the morning and flown to western New York, where he will continue his recovery.
He is listed in stable condition at Buffalo General Medical Center.
“I can confirm that he is doing well. And this is the beginning of his next phase of recovery,” said Dr. William Knight, one of his doctors in Cincinnati.
Doctors say Hamlin has been walking since Friday, eating normally and receiving treatment. They say he is on a normal trajectory or even accelerated during his recovery from cardiac arrest, which is considered a life-threatening event, and normal recovery can be measured from a few weeks to months.
Dr Timothy Pritts said: “We continue to be thrilled about his recovery.
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Hamlin’s return comes a day after he cheered the Bills from his hospital bed in their regular-season 35-23 win over the New England Patriots. The game proved to be a strong advocate for the Bills and Hamlin.
Hamlin was so excited to watch teammate Nyheim Hines replay his opening 96-yard touch that “he jumped up, got off his chair, turned off all the alarms in the ICU in the process.” Pritts laughed.
Pritts said it’s too early to comment on what caused Hamlin’s heart to stop.
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The Bills wore Hamlin No. 3 patches on their jerseys on Sunday and honored their teammates by holding up three fingers in the closing minutes, while Dawson Knox ended the game celebrating the shot. Touch his ball by folding his hands into a heart shape. Fans joined in, with many holding up red hearts and number 3 plates.
“Watching the world come together on Sunday is truly a wonderful feeling,” Hamlin said in a tweet Monday announcing that he was returning home to Buffalo, “with so much love.” in my heart.
“The love you all have given me is the same love that I intend to bring back into the world n more times.”
The 24-year-old from the Pittsburgh area has made significant progress in his recovery since spending his first two days at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center under sedation and breathing on a ventilator.
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He was woken Wednesday night and was finally able to hold everyone’s hand. By Friday, Hamlin was able to breathe on his own and even spoke to the group by videoconference in which he told the Bills, “Love you guys.”
The final update from the doctors came on Saturday, when they described Hamlin’s neurological function as “excellent”, although he is still listed in critical condition.
Later that day, Hamlin tweeted: “Taking love back into the world 3x? Thank you to everyone who reached out and prayed. This will make me stronger on the road to recovery, please continue to pray for me!”
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The NFL will show support for Hamlin in all Week 18 games by including a moment of support before the game, drawing Hamlin’s number 3 on the 30-yard line and a pre-match shirt featuring the line the word “Love for Damar 3.”
Hamlin’s heart stopped on Monday night after hitting the ball as usual in the first half against Bengal. The game was initially suspended before being officially canceled over the weekend.
News of Hamlin’s discharge from the hospital in Cincinnati was greeted with great enthusiasm.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Bengals coach Zac Taylor.
“I mean, think about it – it was a week, not even a week ago. No one in this room would have expected him to be in Buffalo,” he added. “God is great. He does miracles. This is definitely a miracle, no doubt. … And just a great moment for Damar.”
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