In a series of Tweets, Hamlin said he would be going to Buffalo General Hospital to continue testing and be monitored.
‘Headed home to Buffalo today with a lot of love on my heart,’ the safety tweeted. ‘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!’
He later tweeted, ‘Grateful for the awesome care I received at UCMC. Happy to be back in Buffalo. The docs and nurses at Buffalo General have already made me feel at home!’
This comes just one week after Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest on Week 17’s Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from the hospital in Cincinnati and is in Buffalo
A tackle Hamlin (L) made on Tee Higgins (85) led to his cardiac arrest and rush to the hospital
‘I can confirm he is doing well and this is the beginning of the next stage of his recovery,’ said UC’s Dr. William Knight.
‘We continue to be ecstatic about his recovery,’ Dr. Timothy Pritts said.
This comes a day after Hamlin cheered on from his hospital bed as the Buffalo Bills defeated the New England Patriots in Orchard Park in front of a raucous home crowd that held up signs wishing him a speedy recovery.
Hamlin tweeted his thoughts on the game, including when his fellow defensive backs snagged interceptions and when Nyheim Hines returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
Fans of Hamlin’s team packed the home stadium in Orchard Park with signs supporting him
Other signs thanked Denny Kellington, the man who gave Hamlin necessary CPR to stay alive
Bills players came out of the tunnel waving ‘Pray for Damar’ and number three flags
Hamlin collapsed early on in last Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after tackling Bengals receiver Tee Higgins.
He was attended to by members of the Bills training staff, including Denny Kellington – who was identified as the man who gave Hamlin necessary CPR.
Hamlin was then taken to the UC Medical Center where he was resuscitated and intubated.
Within a matter of days, Hamlin had woken up, was communicating with doctors, and had his breathing tube removed.
Across the league, teams honored Hamlin – with players wearing shirts that wished him well
Teams throughout the league also highlighted the number three in each 30-yard line number
He later spoke with his Bills teammates from his hospital bed, after they all saw him get rushed away from the field in an ambulance, in a surprise from Bills coach Sean McDermott.
‘When I said that we had a ”treat” in store, you could see the look in their eyes in anticipation of what was probably coming,’ McDermott continued. ‘And then to get the Zoom and when he came on the screen … to see the player’s reaction, they stood up right away and clapped for him and yelled some things to him and it was a pretty cool exchange for a few seconds there.’
Hamlin, who was pictured on ‘the big screen,’ made a ‘heart’ symbol with his hands, offered a ‘thumbs up’ sign, and even flexed for teammates, McDermott said: ‘It makes me laugh… He flexed on them.’
Hamlin’s teammates – including QB Josh Allen (17) – stood and looked on in horror last Monday
The NFL community spent the weekend honoring Hamlin across the league – with many players wearing shirts wishing for a speedy recovery.
Late last week, the Bills placed Hamlin on the Injured Reserve list.
To give back to the hospital that saved his life, Hamlin launched a series of t-shirts with proceeds going back to the UC Medical Center.
Hamlin wrote on social media: ‘We all won. I want to give back an ounce of the love y’all showed me.
‘Proceeds of this shirt will go to first-responders and the UC Trauma Center. Go get yours!’
Damar Hamlin is raising money for the UC medical center with ‘Did We Win’ t-shirts
Hamlin’s first post on Instagram after waking up thanked those that wished him well.
He wrote, ‘When you put real love out into the world it comes back to you 3x’s as much.
‘The love has been overwhelming but I’m thankful for every single person that prayed for me and reached out. We brung (sic) the world back together behind this.
‘If you know me you know this only gona make me stronger. On a long road keep praying for me.’
Damar Hamlin has spoken out on social media for the first time since his cardiac arrest