Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from a Buffalo hospital just over a week after suffering a cardiac arrest during a Jan. 2 game and will continue his recovery at home with the team Treatment, the Bills announced Wednesday.
“We have completed a series of tests and assessments, and after consulting with the team medical staff, we are confident that Damar can be safely discharged to continue his rehabilitation at home and with Bill” Dr. Jamie Nadler, head of the Hamlin Nursing Team at Faro General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, said in a statement.
Hamlin was released Monday from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he has been receiving treatment since the Jan. 2 incident, and was transferred to Buffalo General Medical Center the same day.
“Obviously, we first want to thank him for being home with his parents and brother, which is great,” Bills owner coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday. “I’m sure it’s been a long time since he’s been able to come home naturally there, and I’m sure it’s a great feeling.”
McDermott said they’ll keep it Speaking to Hamlin about when he’ll be ready to return to the Bills’ facility in Orchard Park, N.Y.
“We’ll let him decide,” McDermott said. “As far as his situation is concerned, we have his health first and then when he feels ready, we will welcome him back.”
Wednesday’s news is the latest in a string of positive developments for Hamlin since the horrific scene in Cincinnati on Jan. 2.
Dr. William Knight, a UC Health physician, told reporters Monday that Hamlin has been able to walk and tolerate a “normal diet” and has been taking Physical and Occupational Therapy. Doctors also said Monday that Hamlin has not suffered “any cervical spine injury” and that he is currently able to walk with a “normal gait” as a result of keeping his “neurological system intact.”