Damar Hamlin has been discharged from the hospital a week after the Buffalo Bills safety collapsed on the field after suffering a cardiac arrest.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that Hamlin left his Cincinnati hospital and returned to Buffalo just a few days after his breathing tube was removed and he began talking to his teammates again.
While Hamlin is currently at a hospital in Buffalo, he is expected to soon “make a transition back to home” according to his doctors.
"Headed home to Buffalo today with a lot of love on my heart," wrote Hamlin in a tweet on Monday. "Watching the world come together around me on Sunday was truly an amazing feeling. The same love you all have shown me is the same love that I plan to put back into the world n more. Bigger than football!"
Dr. William Knight IV said in a press conference on Monday, per CNN, that he traveled with Hamlin to the airport, and spoke to his team of doctors in Buffalo. Knight confirmed that Hamlin is “doing well and this is the beginning of the next stage of his recovery.”
Dr. Timothy Pritts, who is the chief of surgery at the University of Cincinnati hospital, said it is “still fairly premature” to determine what caused his cardiac arrest during last week’s game. “He's making great progress, his brain and his neurological function is really normal so right now it's just a young man recovering from a very serious illness," said Pritts. "From our standpoint, the best way to do that is to arrange the next steps in his recovery at a local hospital. ... We think that he will recover well from this.”
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