Jumping for fun.
That’s how doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center would describe Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin as he watched his team score a touchdown on kickoff return against the New England Patriots on Sunday in his first game since Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the field less than a week earlier.
Dr. William A. Knight and Dr. Timothy Pritts held a press conference Monday to provide the latest and most optimistic update on Hamlin’s Condition, revealing that he has been released from their care and transferred to the medical team at Buffalo General Medical Center.
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«He was beyond thrilled and feels very supported by the outpouring of love from the entire league and especially from the Buffalo area,» Pritts said. «We’ve learned this week that the Bills mob is a very real thing and we all feel the love from you in Western New York.»
Hamlin posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed before kickoff on Sunday but, according to his doctors, he didn’t stay there for long.
«He watched the game yesterday. When the The kick off was run back, He jumped up and down, got up from his chair, I think he set off all the alarms in the ICU in the process, but he was fine. It was the appropriate reaction to a very exciting play,» Pritts revealed with a laugh.
«He really enjoyed it and enjoys everyone’s support.»
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Knight added that Hamlin has reached «key milestones» in his recovery journey, which including being removed from a fan on Friday morning and shortly after completing your first «lap» around the unit.
He has been in physical and occupational therapy, walking around the unit, tolerating a regular diet, meeting with his family and many members of the care team who wanted to check on him, all to get him to this point where he could be safely returned to Buffalo».
Hamlin will continue to undergo tests at Buffalo General, but doctors at UC Medical Center say the sophomore safety is «neurologically, fully intact» and is showing good signs as he progresses in his recovery.
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«He still has a little bit of a way to go in terms of his ongoing recovery,» Knight said. «We’re thrilled to know where he is today. He’s awake. He’s walking. He has an amazing, genuine sense of humor. And his family is amazing, and we’re happy he’s with them, but in terms of any kind of guesswork.» For his future, that is still significantly in the future, and it will be up to Damar and a great team of doctors to help him.»