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Bills safety Hamlin released from Cincinnati hospital, returns to Buffalo

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(Reuters) – Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been discharged from a Cincinnati hospital a week after suffering a cardiac arrest during an NFL game. and returned to Buffalo, New York, doctors announced Monday.

A doctor at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC), where Hamlin spent the last week, said Hamlin travels a lot by air and will continue to be monitored by the Buffalo care team.

“Anyone who has been through what he has been through in the past week will be observed and monitored after being on the plane to ensure his condition is unaffected by flight and lungs. Dr. William Knight told reporters.

“We can confirm that he is doing well and this is the beginning of the next phase of his recovery.

Knight also said that since Friday, Hamlin has been walking around the unit with a “normal gait”, meeting with many members of his family and care team, and receiving physical and occupational therapy.

“Thank you for the great care I received at UCMC. Happy to be back in Buffalo,” Hamlin wrote on Twitter.

The 24-year-old collapsed shortly after a tackle during Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals and had to recover his heart rate on the field while fainted players from both teams cried, prayed and hugged. bottom.

But Hamlin quickly made remarkable progress in recovery when he woke up two days later, had his breathing tube removed on Friday, and watched the Bills’ regular season finale from his bed on Sunday.

Hamlin was recognized around the NFL over the weekend, with players from all teams wearing Hamlin-inspired apparel and supporting him at various stadiums.

The Bills paid tribute to Hamlin’s jersey number with a “3” patch on their uniforms, and many fans displayed signs supporting the NFL sophomores and first responders who saved Hamlin’s life.

January 3, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Injured Buffalo Bills and former Pittsburgh Panthers defensive scoreboard in support of his back Dummer Hamlin His message is displayed in the first half between his team basketball the Pittsburgh Panthers and Virginia Cavaliers at the Petersen Event Center increase. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

“Great feeling”

Hamlin said on Twitter that he is now at Buffalo General Medical Center, where doctors and nurses are already making him feel at home.

“It was such an amazing feeling to see the world gather around me on Sunday,” he tweeted.

“The same love that you have shown me is the same love that I plan to give back to the world.”

Hamlin surprised his teammates with video calls after games last Friday and Sunday, but Bills head coach Sean McDermott told reporters his return to Buffalo was another boost for the players. Told.

“When my family is near, like anything else, it just feels right. It makes me feel better,” McDermott said. “It’s good to know he’s near.” That’s it.”

Bengals manager Zach Taylor was also relieved to hear Hamlin was back in Buffalo.

“Unbelievable,” Taylor told reporters. “I mean, think about it. That was him a week ago, not a week ago. No one expected him to be in Buffalo, in this room.”

“God is great. He works miracles. This is indeed a miracle. No doubt.”

(This article has been refiled to add the deleted words to the heading.)

Reported by Frank Pingue of Toronto. Additional reporting by Steve Keating.Editing by Leslie Adler and Ken Ferris

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