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Damar Hamlin Transferred From Hospital in Cincinnati to Buffalo


Damar Hamlin, the Buffalo Bills safety who collapsed on the sphere Jan. 2 during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, was released from the intensive care unit at a Cincinnati hospital on Monday and has returned to Buffalo, the doctors who cared for him on the University of Cincinnati Medical Center announced during a news conference.

Hamlin, 24, has continued to enhance since he went into cardiac arrest on the sphere last week. He was transferred to the Buffalo General Medical Center/ Gates Vascular Institute for ongoing care. Doctors in Cincinnati said that Hamlin was upgraded from critical condition on Monday morning and met several other requirements for transport, including not needing intensive nursing care or intensive respiratory therapy.

“He still has a bit of little bit of a ways to go when it comes to his ongoing recovery,” said Dr. William Knight IV, an emergency medicine physician who helped look after Hamlin at U.C.M.C. and was authorized by Hamlin’s family to offer updates on his condition. “We’re thrilled to where he’s today. He’s up, he’s walking around, he’s got an incredible, real humorousness.”

Hamlin had his respiration tube removed on Friday and walked with help that very same day. On Sunday, he watched the Bills’ win against the Recent England Patriots. The doctors joked that Hamlin “set off every alarm within the I.C.U.” when he excitedly jumped up and down in response to the Bills’ returning the sport’s opening kickoff for a touchdown.

Recovery from a life-threatening event just like the one Hamlin experienced normally takes weeks to months, said Dr. Timothy Pritts, a trauma surgeon who was also a part of Hamlin’s care team at U.C.M.C. Dr. Pritts said Hamlin was on “a really normal to even accelerated” trajectory, which suggests that his progress has been a bit of bit ahead of what’s expected at each stage.

Hamlin will proceed to want different sorts of therapy and care from specialists, the doctors said, as he regains strength and continues to get well from being intubated for 3 days. They declined to take a position on how far Hamlin is from returning to normal life and said that any discussion of whether he could play football again could be “significantly into the longer term.”

Bills Coach Sean McDermott and General Manager Brandon Beane visited Hamlin on Monday afternoon after his return to Buffalo.

Hamlin will proceed to undergo tests and evaluations to find out the reason behind his medical emergency. Dr. Pritts said it was still “fairly premature” to comment on that. The subsequent steps in Hamlin’s care, including when he can return home and whether he would find a way to attend a Bills game during this postseason, can be determined by doctors in Buffalo.

“We wouldn’t necessarily call this miraculous,” Knight said. “Is it remarkable? Absolutely. But his was a textbook resuscitation on behalf of our team that allowed Damar to have an expected end result when one has immediate bystander CPR and defibrillation.”

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