Coming home: Bills’ Hamlin discharged from hospital in Buffalo

ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) – “Prayers for Damar 3” have been answered. Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is finally home.

Nine days after stunned and saddened his teammates by going into cardiac arrest and being resuscitated on the field in Cincinnati, and putting the NFL on hold, Hamlin was released from a hospital in Buffalo on Wednesday, the Bills announced.

“We have completed a series of tests and evaluations and in consultation with team physicians, we are confident that Damar can be safely released,” Dr. Jamie Nadler said in a press release issued by the ‘team.

This marks the next major step in what doctors have called Hamlin’s remarkable recovery, which came two days after he was deemed healthy enough to be transferred from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to General Medical Center in Buffalo.. Nadler said Hamlin, 24, will continue his rehabilitation with the Bills.

The Bills and Nadler have not released the results of tests Hamlin underwent over the past two days in Buffalo to determine why his heart stopped. after being punched squarely in the chest by Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins while making what appeared to be a routine tackle. Hamlin collapsed during the first quarter of Buffalo’s since-cancelled game in Cincinnati on Jan. 2, a chilling scene that played out in front of millions on television.

“It just shows the type of kid he is, how he’s fought and he’s still winning,” Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins said. “There’s no place he’d rather be than in his own bed, so blessings to him.”

As Hamlin’s recovery progressed, the Bills and NFL messaging changed from “Prayers for Damar 3” to “Love for Damar 3” last weekend, when the entire league honored Hamlin, who wears number 3. The Bills and their fans capped off an emotionally draining week with a 35-23 regular season win over New England.

“It’s a great feeling. And we just hope he rests and recuperates,” quarterback Josh Allen said Wednesday after practice, where the Bills (13-3) prepared to host division rival Dolphins. Miami (9-8) in a playoff game. game on Sunday. “As a team, we are extremely happy.”

As much as the players want to see Hamlin in person, Allen warned that this moment may have to wait for Hamlin to gain strength.

“I just make sure he takes it slow and obviously tries to get back to being himself,” Allen added. “So we will take all the time we need. But I hope he knows the guys are ready to see him.

Coach Sean McDermott said it would be up to Hamlin to decide when to visit the team, saying: “We will welcome him back as soon as he feels ready.”

Hamlin spent his first two days in hospital sedated and showed no signs of neurological damage after being awakened on January 4. On Friday, he was breathing on his own and walking and appeared via video conference at a team meeting, where he informed the Bills, “I love you boys.”

Hamlin live-tweeted the Bills’ win on Sunday, with doctors joking that he set off numerous alarms around the intensive care unit while watching teammate Nyheim Hines return the kickoff. opening at 96 yards for a touchdown.

After his transfer to Buffalo, Hamlin posted a note on twitter which read, “Special thanks to Buffalo General, it’s been nothing but love since he arrived!” while asking his faithful to keep him in their prayers.

His doctors said Hamlin’s progress in recovering from cardiac arrest, considered a life-threatening event, has been normal to accelerated.

In the days that followed, $8.6 million in GoFundMe donations poured into Hamlin’s fundraiser.which will serve to support young people through education and sport.

Hamlin, who is from the Pittsburgh suburb of McKee’s Rock, will also use proceeds from the sale of new t-shirts, emblazoned with “Did We Win?” with his hands in the shape of a heart, to raise money for the Cincinnati trauma center that initially treated him.


Associated Press reporter Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo contributed to this report.


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