Damar Hamlin is released from Ohio hospital after his cardiac arrest


Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was released from an Ohio hospital Monday. Saying he was “grateful” for the care he’s received since collapsing. And nearly dying during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals last week.

A week after the medical incident was revealed on “Monday Night Football” in front of. Millions of television viewers, Hamlin was transferred to. A hospital in Buffalo, New York to continue his recovery

“I went to the airport with him this morning along with our UC Health air care and mobile care crews. And teammates who were with us on the field when the asphalt Hamlin fell,” said Dr. William Knight IV, professor of emergency medicine. . University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Knight added that Hamlin “still has some way to go in his ongoing recovery.”

Hamlin walked his first lap on Friday, after having his breathing tube removed that morning.

“He’s definitely on an accelerated trajectory from a life-threatening event that we think is very normal. But he’s making great progress,” said Dr. Timothy Pritts, chief of general surgery. And vice chair of the clinical department at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Operations at UC Health.

Hamlin tweeted his own message Monday afternoon: “Grateful for the great care I received at UCMC. Happy to be back in Buffalo. The docs and nurses at Buffalo General have already made me feel at home!”

Knight called Hamlin’s release “probably the coolest discharge from our hospital that we’ve had in a long time.”

Doctors said the decision to send Hamlin to Buffalo was made after his condition went from “critical” to “fair or good.”

This means her organ system is stable and improved and she no longer needs intensive nursing care or respiratory therapy.

The Bills said Friday that Hamlin was able to speak with his family and care team and told his fellow players FaceTimed during a team meeting: “Love you.”

His condition continued to improve over the weekend, according to UC Health. Hamlin tweeted his reaction to the Bills’ game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

When his teammate Nyheim Hines ran back the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, Hamlin jumped up and down, doctors said. And accidentally set off the alarm in the ICU.

Hamlin, 24, in his second NFL season, has been the target of unwavering support from football fans. Since suffering cardiac arrest in the first quarter of last week’s “Monday Night Football” game at Pecour Stadium in Cincinnati.

He made what he thought was a routine tackle before falling back.

Field medical personnel rushed to Hamlin and administered CPR before transporting. im to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was treated until his departure Monday.

It remains unclear whether the tackle contributed to Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.

Doctors at the University of Cincinnati said last week they were considering whether Hamlin. Had experienced “comatio cordis,” a rare phenomenon. In which blunt force to the chest can cause a healthy heart to stop beating during a narrow window of the cardiac cycle.

In their Monday update, the medical team said Hamlin will likely require tests and evaluations to determine the cause of the incident.

Doctors in Cincinnati also declined to say whether Hamlin has a future in pro football. Or whether it would be safe for him to play at this early stage of his recovery.

“We think he will recover from this,” Pritts said. “He has a great, positive attitude.”

With last week’s game initially postponed and later canceled, the Bills. And Bengals — both considered top Super Bowl contenders — played 16 games instead of 17 for all other NFL teams.

The Bills, who defeated the New England Patriots in an emotional game at New York’s Orchard Park on Sunday. Finished 13-3 within a half game of the Kansas City Chiefs (14-3) for the AFC’s No. 1 seed.

The Bills held a standing ovation for Hamlin before the game and his jersey number, No. 3, was outlined in blue on the 30-yard line. The crowd also cheered for the medics and athletic training staff who helped save Hamlin’s life.

Had the Bills won last week’s game in Cincinnati and finished with an even 14-3 record, Buffalo woul. Have earned the top playoff spot and a first-round bye.

Instead, the Bills finished with the No. 2 seed and will host the Miami Dolphins in the wild-card round on Sunday.

Under normal circumstances, if the No. 1 and No. 2 teams meet in the conference title game, the top seed will host.

But in the wake of last week’s unprecedented events in Cincinnati, NFL owners. Have agreed that a potential Kansas City-Buffalo AFC title game. Should be held at a neutral site and not at the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium. Which is widely considered. Unfavorable houses. football field

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