Damar Hamlin Discharged From Hospital, Hamlin Releases Statement
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Damar Hamlin #3 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates after a play during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Highmark Stadium on December 17, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.
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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was released from the hospital on Monday following a week-long stay after he went into cardiac arrest during last week’s Monday Night Football game.

Hamlin collapsed with about six minutes left in the first quarter of the game against Cincinnati after he tackled Bengals receiver Tee Higgins following a 13-yard catch. After the tackle, Hamlin stood up, took a step backward, and fell to the ground.

“Damar Hamlin has been discharged from the hospital and is returning home to Buffalo, per the physicians at the University of Cincinnati Health,” said Adam Schefter, ESPN’s senior NFL insider.

A few minutes later, Hamlin released a statement on Twitter.

“Headed home to Buffalo today with a lot of love on my heart,” he wrote. “Watching the world come together around me on Sunday was truly an amazing feeling. The same love you all have shown me is the same love that I plan to put back into the world n more. Bigger than football!”

The New York Times reported that Hamlin was transported to a hospital in Buffalo for ongoing care.

Dr. Timothy A. Pritts and Dr. William Knight at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center provided an update on Hamlin’s condition Monday afternoon.

“We shared last time that we were with you that our ultimate goal was to get Damar back home to his amazing family and the broader Buffalo family,” Knight said. “Well, Dr. Pritts and I are thrilled and proud on behalf of UC to report to you that Damar Hamlin has been released and returned to Buffalo.”

“I traveled with him to the airport this morning with our UC Health, air care and mobile care crew, including teammates who are with us on the field when Damar Hamlin collapsed,” he continued. “He landed safely and as standard as anybody who has gone through what he’s gone through this past week, and certainly after flying on a plane, he is going to be observed and monitored to ensure that there’s no impact from the flight on his condition or on his lungs. Dr. Pritts and I have spoken extensively with his care team in Buffalo, and I can confirm that he is doing well. And this is the beginning of the next stage of his recovery.”


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