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 January 12, 2023

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin discharged from hospital after miracle recovery from on-field cardiac arrest

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the field during a football game last week, was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported. This comes after the 24-year-old had been transferred from a Cincinnati hospital to Buffalo for further treatment.

Hamlin ended his care at the Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, Fox News reported. There he was given a battery of tests in a "comprehensive medical evaluation as well as a series of cardiac, neurological and vascular testing on Tuesday."

Dr. Jamie Nadler, the critical care physician and Chief Quality Officer for Kaleida Health, issued a statement through the Bills noting his progress. "We have completed a series of tests and evaluations, and in consultation with the team physicians, we are confident that Damar can be safely discharged to continue his rehabilitation at home and with the Bills," he said.

During a Monday Night Football game between the Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals last week, Hamlin collapsed on the field following a play. He was given CPR to restart his heart and transferred to an area hospital, where he remained in a coma.

Hamlin woke up days later and soon became alert despite such a serious medical emergency. He was able to watch his team play the New England Patriots from his hospital bed Sunday.

"He watched the game yesterday. When the opening kickoff was run back, he jumped up and down, got out of his chair, set I think every alarm off in the ICU in the process, but he was fine," one of his physicians, Dr. Timothy Pritts, said at a news conference Monday.

"It was just the appropriate reaction to a very exciting play," he added. "He very much enjoyed it and enjoys the support from everyone," Pritts said.

Speculation about the cause of his cardiac arrest swirled given the public nature of the medical emergency, Reuters reported. In an attempt to tamp down so-called conspiracy theories, Allen Sills, chief medical officer for the NFL, said there was "still a lot of investigation that needs to happen" days after the incident.

"Many people have discussed this condition commotio cordis, and it certainly is possible," Sills said. "But I think what's more important is, regardless of the cause, the key of any type of sudden cardiac event is the rapid response of trained personnel," she said, spinning the narrative away from speculation.

By all accounts, Hamlin is one of the good guys of the NFL. At the time of his injury, Hamlin's charitable organization Chasing M's Foundation had a GoFundMe set up to raise money for a toy drive in the community, The Buffalo News reported.

After his fateful injury, the organization's coffers were filled with more than $8.7 million from some 245,000 donors. That has created a problem for the small non-profit, if more donations than expected can be called such a thing.

"Even with the best of intentions and good faith commitment to manage donations ethically and responsibly, the people capable of running a very small organization may be out of their depth trying to run a big one," Executive Director Laurie Styron of the watchdog group CharityWatch said. The foundation will likely seek out professionals able to handle the more sophisticated task of managing large sums of money.

The Bills will face off against the Miami Dolphins in a playoff game Sunday. The NFL suspended and then canceled the game between the Bills and the Bengals that was underway when Hamlin collapsed.

This incident brought people together on a human level and transcended politics or agendas. Hamlin's recovery is great news not only for football fans but for everyone who witnessed the plight of the young football player.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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