Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin has been discharged from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and transferred to a hospital in Buffalo, doctors said in a Monday conference call.
Hamlin tweeted that he had been taken to Buffalo General Medical Center to continue his recovery, a week after he was resuscitated after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match.
“He is doing well and this is the beginning of the next stage of his recovery,” said Dr. William A. Knight IV.
“We continue to be delighted with his recovery,” added Dr. Timothy Pritts.
Doctors were able to improve Hamlin’s condition from critical to good or good on Monday morning, which allowed the doctors to clear him home from Cincinnati to Buffalo.
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Hamlin has achieved a number of “key milestones”, doctors said, including walking around the intensive care unit with assistance and tolerating a regular diet. On Friday, his breathing tube was removed and he was able to go for walks later in the day.
Doctors said Hamlin was walking normally but still weak. Recovering your strength is also a step in the recovery process. Hamlin’s brain and neurological functions are normal.
During Sunday’s game against the Bills, when runner Nyheim Hines gave the kick off for a touchdown, Hamlin “jumped up and down, got out of his chair, and seemed to set off all the alarms in the ICU,” Pritts said. he said.
“He was fine. It was just a very appropriate action for a very exciting game.”
Hamlin will continue to be tested to determine what caused his cardiac arrest and it is too early to determine if he can return to playing football, doctors have said.
“It’s too early to not just discuss his football future,” said Knight. “He has a bit of a road to recovery.”
Hamlin has been active on social media since Saturday, sharing his praise for the nationwide support he has received, and during Sunday’s Bills game when he shouted out several players in Buffalo’s win over the New England Patriots.
Hamlin also shared a photo of himself Sunday, wearing a No. 3 hat and a “Love for Damar” T-shirt, lying in a hospital bed with his parents next to him before watching the Bills game.
While he enjoyed watching the game, he wished he could join his teammates on the field during the game.
“GameDay…I want nothing more than running out of this tunnel with my brothers,” Hamlin wrote in a Twitter post. “God is using me in a different way today. Tell someone you love them!”
Hamlin’s GoFundMe page, which aims to collect donations for Chasing M’s Foundation Community Toy Drive, has received more than $8.6 million in donations since Monday afternoon.