Damar Hamlin Released from Hospital


Safety Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills | Image by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills have announced that safety Damar Hamlin was released from Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute on Wednesday.

The team revealed the update in a statement:

“Damar Hamlin has been discharged from Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, a Kaleida Health facility in Buffalo, N.Y. Hamlin was admitted on Monday and went through a comprehensive medical evaluation as well as a series of cardiac, neurological, and vascular testing on Tuesday.”

Hamlin’s medical team in Buffalo was led by Dr. Jamie Nadler, who updated his condition.

“We have completed a series of tests and evaluations, and in consultation with the team physicians,” Nadler said. “We are confident that Damar can be safely discharged to continue his rehabilitation at home and with the Bills.

Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field during the Bills’ January 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was down on the field for several minutes as medical staff administered CPR and used a defibrillator to revive him.

Hamlin was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and admitted to ICU in critical condition. Doctors inserted a breathing tube, and Hamlin eventually showed “substantial progress” in his recovery. He was even able to live tweet while watching the Bills play the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Hamlin remained in Cincinnati until Monday when he was cleared to be flown to Buffalo for further testing.

He was admitted to Buffalo General in stable condition as its medical team worked to “identify any possible causes of the event, potentially treat any pathology that may be found, as well as plan for his recovery, discharge, and rehabilitation,” according to a news release from Kaleida Health, which helps run the hospital.

That testing took place on Tuesday, and the medical team has allowed him to go home.

In the aftermath of the incident, fans, teams, and organizations across sports and the NFL showed support for Hamlin.

ESPN changed its “E” logo to a “3” as it covered two regular season finales on Saturday. The Bills wore a patch on their jerseys with Hamlin’s number three on it, teams across the league held moments of silence, and several NFL players wore t-shirts honoring him as they warmed up for games last weekend.

Fans also gave millions in donations to Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation through GoFundMe.

The Bills are scheduled to face the Miami Dolphins in Buffalo on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS) as part of the wild card round of the NFL Playoffs.

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