'Welcome home!': Bills star Damar Hamlin makes emotional comeback after cardiac arrest

'Welcome home!': Bills star Damar Hamlin makes emotional comeback after cardiac arrest
Damar Hamlin had suffered a cardiac arrest (@d.ham3/ Instagram)

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK: Damar Hamlin made an emotional comeback as he attended the NFL playoff clash between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, January 22. Buffalo Bills safety was the guest of honor as he made his first public appearance since suffering a devasting cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field. 

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Damar Hamlin was greeted with a huge roar of cheers when the 24-year-old Pittsburgh native appeared on the screens around the arena. Buffalo Bills tweeted a video of their star player arriving with his mother and little brother. "Welcome home, @HamlinIsland," Buffalo Bills wrote in the caption. 

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At one point, Hamlin appeared to wave back at his fans while posing his iconic-hand gesture, the shape of a heart with hands, from his luxury suite atop Highmark Stadium. Hamlin continues to make a remarkable recovery as he was seen standing behind a plane glass from his luxury suite and not limited to a wheelchair. The star player also greeted his fellow teammates in the locker room at halftime.

Hamlin also took to Instagram to announce his return just hours before the Sunday clash. He posted a series of pictures showing many different tributes he received during his injury, in one picture he could be seen posing next to a graffiti of himself in his signature step. In another slide, he posted a clip of himself running to the sidelines in the November 31-23 win against the Cleveland Browns. He captioned the post, "Creation from the Heart is what makes art," he wrote. "The love been getting me thru the toughest hours! Can’t wait to show how thankful I am."

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Netizens were also very emotional to see Hamlins return to the field. One user wrote, "So happy to see him and his family attending go bills." Another added, "I think they are gonna break the stadium and sound barrier when he comes on the field.!" One simply shared a gif that read, "I GOT MY JOB BACK." Fourth wrote, "Win or lose today the most important thing for the Bills is that Hamlin is doing ok." A user claimed, "The goosebumps I got from watching this." "I’m Not Crying Your Crying Welcome Back Damar Hamlin #BillsMafia," read a tweet.

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