Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and returned to western New York, according to doctors.
In a series of tweets, Hamlin said he would go to Buffalo General Hospital for further testing and monitoring.
“Headed home to Buffalo today with so much love in my heart,” the security tweeted. “Seeing the world rally around me on Sunday was truly an incredible feeling. The same love that all of you have shown me is the same love that I plan to give back to the world and more. Bigger than soccer!
He later tweeted: ‘Thankful for the amazing care I received at UCMC. Happy to be back in Buffalo. The doctors and nurses at Buffalo General have already made me feel at home!’
This comes just a week after Hamlin went into cardiac arrest in the Week 17 Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from the hospital in Cincinnati and is in Buffalo
A tackle Hamlin (L) made on Tee Higgins (85) caused his cardiac arrest and landed him in hospital.
“I can confirm that he is doing well and this is the start of the next stage of his recovery,” said UC’s Dr. William Knight.
“We continue to be excited about his recovery,” said Dr. Timothy Pritts.
This comes a day after Hamlin cheered from his hospital bed as the Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots at Orchard Park in front of a raucous home crowd holding signs wishing him a speedy recovery.
Hamlin tweeted his thoughts on the game, including as his fellow defensive backs caught interceptions and as Nyheim Hines returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.
Fans of Hamlin’s team filled the home stadium at Orchard Park with signs of support.
Other signs thanked Denny Kellington, the man who gave Hamlin the CPR he needed to stay alive.
Bills players emerged from the tunnel waving ‘Pray for Damar’ and number three flags
Hamlin collapsed early in Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after dropping Bengals receiver Tee Higgins.
He was attended to by members of the Bills’ training staff, including Denny Kellington, who was identified as the man who gave Hamlin the necessary CPR.
Hamlin was then taken to the UC Medical Center, where he was resuscitated and intubated.
Within days, Hamlin was awake, communicating with doctors, and his breathing tube was removed.
Throughout the league, teams honored Hamlin, with players wearing jerseys wishing him well.
Teams from across the league also featured the number three on each 30-yard line number.
He later spoke to his Bills teammates from his hospital bed, after everyone watched as he was carried off the field in an ambulance, to a surprise from Bills coach Sean McDermott.
“When I said we had a ‘gift’ in store, you could see the look in his eyes anticipating what was probably coming,” McDermott continued. “And then to get the Zoom and when he came up on the screen… to see the reaction of the player, they immediately stood up and clapped and yelled some things at him and it was a really cool exchange for a few seconds.”
Hamlin, who was photographed on ‘the big screen’, made a ‘heart’ symbol with his hands, offered a ‘thumbs up’ sign and even flexed for his teammates, McDermott said: ‘It makes me laugh. .. It flexed on them.’
Hamlin’s teammates, including quarterback Josh Allen (17), stood and watched in horror last Monday.
The NFL community spent the weekend honoring Hamlin across the league, with many players wearing jerseys wishing him a speedy recovery.
Late last week, the Bills placed Hamlin on Injured Reserve.
To give back to the hospital that saved his life, Hamlin launched a T-shirt series with proceeds going to the UC Medical Center.
Hamlin wrote on social media: ‘We all win. I want to return an ounce of the love that was shown to me.
‘Proceeds from this t-shirt will go to first responders and the UC Trauma Center. Go get yours!
Damar Hamlin is raising money for UC Medical Center with ‘Did We Win’ T-shirts
Hamlin’s first Instagram post after waking up thanked those who wished him well.
He wrote: ‘When you put true love out into the world, it comes back to you 3 times over.’
“The love has been overwhelming, but I am grateful for each person who prayed for me and reached out. We rallied (sic) the world behind this.
‘If you know me, you know that this will only make me stronger. On a long way she keeps on praying for me.’
Damar Hamlin has spoken on social media for the first time since her cardiac arrest