Damar Hamlin released from hospital, returns to Buffalo
CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Doctors with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center have announced that Damar Hamlin has been released and returned to Buffalo after suffering a cardiac arrest at Paycor Stadium on Jan. 2.
Dr. William Knight IV and Dr. Timothy Pritts say Hamlin left Cincinnati Monday after spending nearly a week at the hospital and will continue the next steps in the recovery process in Buffalo.
The doctors said they worked with the care team in Buffalo to ensure that Hamlin was ready to be moved by flight to the medical facility in Buffalo.
According to a Buffalo healthcare provider, Kaleida Health Network, Hamlin is stable at the Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute.
The full statement from the health network is below:
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been transferred to Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, a Kaleida Health facility in Buffalo, N.Y., following his treatment at UC Health’s University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Ohio.
On January 2, Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, which required immediate resuscitation efforts and subsequent hospitalization and treatment.
He is currently listed in stable condition and continues to make significant progress in his recovery. The goal of the transfer to Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute is to get him closer to home for further evaluation, recovery and eventually discharge and rehabilitation.
Hamlin’s care team is being led by Jamie Nadler, MD, critical care physician and Chief Quality Officer at Kaleida Health, and Ken Snyder, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, Chief Physician Quality Officer at Kaleida Health and Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the National Football League (NFL).
Drs. Nadler and Snyder and the team here will continue to monitor Hamlin’s progress and will further evaluate him over the next few days. They are working in conjunction with Thomas White, MD, the Buffalo Bills team internist and Nate Breske, head athletic trainer for the Buffalo Bills.
Out of continued respect for the privacy of the Hamlin family, the hospital does not plan any press conference or announcements regarding Mr. Hamlin at this time. Further, our physicians are politely declining any media and/or interview requests at this time.
Hamlin tweeted Monday thanking everyone for all of their love and support.
Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor also weighed in on the news, saying, “God is great. He works miracles. This is certainly a miracle. There’s no question.”
“Mr. Hamlin’s condition continued to improve through the weekend,” read a news release from UC Medical Center Monday morning.
Doctors said they do not feel Hamlin needs intensive nursing.
Hamlin collapsed on the field at Paycor Stadium after making what looked like a routine tackle during the Monday Night Football game.
CPR and an automated external defibrillator were used to resuscitate Hamlin before he was rushed to UC hospital.
Hamlin’s pulse had been restored but he still was not breathing on his own.
He regained consciousness on Jan. 5 and the first question Hamlin asked was, “Who won the game?”
The answer was simple, “Yes, Damar, you won the game of life,” Dr. Pritts recalled during a news conference last week.
He told his teammates, “Love you boys,” during a FaceTime call last Friday and began to use his social media accounts again over the weekend.
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