Bill safety Damar Hamlin was released from a Buffalo hospital on Wednesday, more than a week after suffering cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated during a game in Cincinnati, after his doctors said he performed a series of tests.
A Bills press release quoted Dr. Jamie Nadler as saying, “We have completed a series of tests and evaluations and in consultation with team physicians, we are confident that Damar can be safely released.” Nadler said Hamlin will continue his rehabilitation with the Bills.
Hamlin returns home after spending two days undergoing tests at Buffalo General Medical Center. He transferred to Buffalo on Monday after spending the past week at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where the 24-year-old from the Pittsburgh area experienced what doctors called a “remarkable recovery.”
The news came as the Bills returned to practice to prepare to host division rival Miami Dolphins in a wildcard playoff game on Sunday.
Coach Sean McDermott said it would be up to Hamlin to decide if he visits the team.
“His health is first and foremost on our minds in regards to his situation,” McDermott told reporters. “We will welcome him back as soon as he feels ready.”
Hamlin collapsed on the court after being hit in the chest by Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins as he made what appeared to be a routine tackle during the first quarter of the since canceled game from Buffalo to Cincinnati on 2 January.
He spent the first two days in the hospital under sedation. He was awake and able to grab the hands of people at his bedside, and eventually pulled out a ventilator and was able to address his teammates on Friday.
His doctors said Hamlin’s progress in recovering from cardiac arrest, considered a life-threatening event, was normal to accelerated, and he was able to cheer on the Bills from his hospital bed during their win. against the New England Patriots last weekend.
He tweeted his gratitude to fans and medical staff in recent days. “Keep me in your prayers please!” he wrote on Tuesday.
Doctors said it was premature to comment on the potential cause of Hamlin’s cardiac arrest. The press release did not provide any information on what the tests revealed.
The Bills wore No. 3 Hamlin crests on their jerseys on Sunday and honored their teammate by holding up three fingers in the final minutes. It was part of a league-wide outpouring of support for Pitt’s sophomore, whose meltdown in Monday night’s game and the chilling aftermath was seen by millions of viewers. With an ambulance on the ground, medical staff worked frantically on Hamlin for several minutes as his anguished teammates watched, some in tears.
In the days that followed, $8.6 million in GoFundMe donations went to Hamlin’s Toy Drive fundraiser, which will be used to support young people through education and sports.
He will also use the proceeds from the sale of new t-shirts, emblazoned with “Did we win? with his heart-shaped hands, to raise money for the Cincinnati trauma center that initially treated him.