Damar Hamlin returned to Highmark Stadium to support his teammates, the Buffalo Bills. The appearance marked the 24-year-old’s first return to the building since collapsing in cardiac arrest during a Jan. 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He arrived 90 minutes before game time, and the team shared a video of his arrival at the stadium.
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Hamlin was admitted to the hospital immediately after his heart attack, which forced the Week 17 game to be canceled by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell clarified that the game “has no effect on which clubs qualify for the postseason” and that “no club will qualify for the postseason and no club will be eliminated based on the result of this game” because the league is only weeks away. . away from the Super Bowl on February 12.
Damar was initially taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center before he died transferred to Buffalo hospitalwhere he was critical situation in the early days. Damar will communicate via written letter to the doctors, who praised the “quick actions” of the Bills’ training staff on the field – specifically Denny Kellington, who administered critical CPR, along with medical staff whp used a defibrillator to restore his pulse. “We can’t say enough about the quick action of the Bills training staff and the doctors on the field,” William Knight IV, MD said. “It’s not just that the lights are on. We know that Damar is at home.
When Damar regained consciousness, he watched over and supported his colleagues from his hospital bed with his parents. He is released from Buffalo General Medical Center / Gates Vascular Institute on Wednesday, January 11, and has since been recovering at home. “We have completed a series of tests and evaluations, and in consultation with the group’s doctors, we are confident that Damar will be safely released to continue his rehabilitation at home and with the Bills,” Kaleida Health Chief Quality Officer Jamie Nadler, MD, said.
He has a long road to recovery ahead of him, though, and is which is given oxygen at home.