Damar Hamlin spotted at Buffalo Bills facility 'almost daily' as he takes 'baby steps' toward recovery
BUFFALO, NEW YORK: Damar Hamlin, who is now back at home after the devastating cardiac arrest on the field, has been visiting the Buffalo Bills facility almost every day. Hamlin is making "baby steps" toward recovery after spending several days in the intensive care unit, according to his coach Sean McDermott.
Around 16 days ago, after taking down Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, Hamlin lost consciousness on the field. Hamlin received CPR on the field before being transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and admitted there in critical condition.
Hamlin was there 'almost daily,' visiting on Tuesday and Wednesday. "It's limited, just overall," McDermott said about Hamlin. "But he comes in and really just started really today or yesterday and just trying to get back to a little bit of a routine and just get himself acclimated again and taking it one step, one baby step at a time here," ESPN reported.
The station further revealed that the 24-year-old first visited the team on Saturday at its walk-through before the game, with his parents, Mario and Nina, and his brother, Damir.
"That was special for the whole team because everybody just ran up and just bombarded each other trying to get to see him and hug him," bills cornerback Kaiir Elam said Sunday, as per the report. "And I think that was very special, and it lifted a lot of spirits as well."
To celebrate Damar's homecoming, the city of Buffalo has some fresh new artwork too. Weeks before Damar went into cardiac arrest a local artist Adam Zyglis painted a mural of Bill's safety. Zyglis and he collaborated with Rory Allen to find the perfect place for the mural. The guys decided on Larkin Square, TMZ reported. 15 minutes away from Highmark Stadium, where the Bills play their home games.
Days after being treated in the ICU, his breathing tube was removed, and Hamlin was announced to be awake and neurologically intact. Later on, he facetimed Bills Saftey's team along with his father boosting the team's spirits. In a public post soon after recovering from cardiac arrest he wrote.
"When you put real love out into the world it comes back to you 3X's as much," Hamlin wrote on his Instagram page. "The love has been overwhelming, but I'm thankful for every single person that prayed for me and reached out. We brought the world back together behind this. If you know me you know this only gone make me stronger. On a long road keep praying for me!"
Hamlin was transferred to a hospital in the Buffalo, New York, area about a week after being discharged from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. After a series of tests, Hamlin was discharged on January 10, the Buffalo Bills had announced, and later by the NFL star himself.
Headed home to Buffalo today with a lot of love on my heart. 🏾— 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧 (@HamlinIsland) January 9, 2023
Watching the world come together around me on Sunday was truly an amazing feeling.
The same love you all have shown me is the same love that I plan to put back into the world n more.
Bigger than football! 🏾