Damar Hamlin reunites with his Buffalo Bills teammates just 12 days after cardiac arrest as linebacker Matt Milano shares photo of the 24-year-old being greeted by the squad
It appears devastated Hamlin has returned to the Buffalo Bills’ camp and met up with his teammates for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest earlier this month.
Linebacker Matt Milano shared an Instagram photo of Hamlin at the team’s base, in his own clothes, 12 days after he fell ill during his team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
While there was no direct clarity in Milano’s post that the photo was taken today, ESPN said Hamlin had “caught up with his teammates”.
It comes one day before the Bills play the Miami Dolphins in the NFL playoffs. Hamlin, 24, was released from the hospital on Wednesday.
Matt Milano shared a photo of Damar Hamlin with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday
Hamlin (left) suffered a heart attack after being tackled playing for the Bills against the Bengals on January 2
Billings Safety Hamlin was released from the hospital in Buffalo on Wednesday and returned home
The Bills revealed the good news in a statement on social media Wednesday morning, saying, “Damar Hamlin has been released from Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, a Kaleida health facility in Buffalo, New York.
Hamlin was admitted Monday and underwent a comprehensive medical evaluation as well as a series of cardiovascular, neurological and vascular exams on Tuesday.
“We have completed a series of tests and evaluations, and in consultation with the team physicians, we are confident that Damar can safely graduate to continue his rehabilitation at home and with bills,” said Jamie Nadler, MD, Kaleida Health’s chief quality officer and chief quality officer and care team leader.
Hamlin gave an update on his progress on Tuesday afternoon, revealing that he had undergone and passed medical exams.
“It’s not quite home yet,” Hamlin said on his Twitter profile.
I’m still doing and passing a bunch of tests. Special thanks to Buffalo General, it has been nothing but love since arriving! Keep me in all your prayers please! #3 Strong.
Hamlin was transferred from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to a facility in Buffalo on Monday.
His remarkable recovery comes just 12 days after he suffered cardiac arrest on the field
Hamlin was transferred from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to Buffalo on Monday
While Hamlin was recovering, the Bills were preparing to play the Dolphins
“I came home to Buffalo today with so much love in my heart,” the Bills safety wrote.
Watching the world come together around me on Sunday was a really amazing feeling. The same love that you all have shown me is the same love that I plan to give back to the world even more. Bigger than football!
“ Grateful for the wonderful care I received at UCMC. Happy to be back in Buffalo. The doctors and nurses at Buffalo General really made me feel at home! ”
To give back to the hospital that saved his life, Hamlin has launched a T-shirt series with proceeds going back to UCLA Medical Center.
The Bills player, who also creates charity drives to raise money for his local community, tackled Bengals receiver Tee Higgins in the first quarter of a pivotal Monday night game on Jan. 2 and got up briefly before falling backwards to the ground and laying motionless.
It was attended by members of the Bills’ coaching staff, including Denny Killington – identified as the man who gave Hamlin the necessary CPR.
Higgins led outpourings of well-wishes for the young player, tweeting that he was “praying Hamlin to move on” when Hamlin was in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Hamlin’s Bills teammate Josh Allen said that in his eyes what happened to Hamlin was akin to a religious experience.
“[There was] Just kind of a spiritual awakening for me really, and I know a lot of other people who may not have had the strongest belief, or weren’t one of the biggest [or] Strongest Christian Followers,” Bills quarterback told ESPN’s Kyle Brandt ahead of Sunday’s playoff game with the visiting Miami Dolphins.
“Something grabbed me there,” Allen added. “It was so powerful that I couldn’t deny it.”