Hamlin on the road to recovery

Damar Hamlin begins long road of recovery

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Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills gestures towards the crowd during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Highmark Stadium on Nov. 13, 2022, in Orchard Park, New York. (Isaiah Vazquez/Getty Images/TNS)

Story by Kailyn Williams, Sports Editor

Back on Jan. 2, 2023, a regular Monday night football game shocked the world of football. The entire stadium and nation watched as Buffalo Bill’s Damar Hamlin lay unconscious on the field, receiving CPR. 

Fast forward to Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, after an evaluation and a decision that Hamlin would no longer require intensive care, Damar was transported to a medical facility in Buffalo, where he remained for a couple more days. 

After his lead doctor at Buffalo General, Jamie Nader, decided that Damar would be okay recovering in his home and with the help of the Buffalo training staff, Hamlin was officially discharged from the hospital. Upon his release, his doctors administered a cardiac, neurological and vascular test to ensure Hamlin’s safety. 

Recovery from life threatening events, such as the cardiac arrest Hamlin experienced, can take months until returning to full health.

We’ll leave it up to him, his health is first and foremost on our mind.”

— Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott

As Damar continues his recovery, it is not yet known when he will return to the gridiron. His initial doctors from Cincinnati Medical Center are saying that, despite how swiftly he is moving through recovery in comparison to the normal trajectory, Hamlin still is on a long road until he will return to “normal”.