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Damar Hamlin shows continued progress and could be released from hospital in the next few days, source says


Hamlin tweeted more than a dozen times in reaction to the Bills' 35-22 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday, expressing his desire to be on the field with his teammates.

Total emotion: This is how Hamlin lived the victory of the Bills 1:41

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Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has shown continued progress in his recovery after his cardiac arrest and collapse on the field, and expects to be released from the hospital in the coming days, a news agency said. source to CNN.

Six days after Hamlin, 24, went into cardiac arrest and collapsed during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL star posted a photo of himself on social media on Sunday showing him sitting up in his hospital bed. and making a heart sign with his hands while wearing a cap with the number 3 and a T-shirt with the message "Love for Damar".

Hamlin tweeted more than a dozen times in reaction to the Bills' 35-22 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday, expressing his desire to be on the field with his teammates.

"It's game day and there's nothing I want more than to walk down that tunnel with my brothers," he wrote.

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Hamlin also watched from his hospital bed Sunday as NFL teams honored him during the final games of the regular season, with players, coaches and fans voicing their support with jerseys, signs and jersey patches bearing his name and number. 3.

At the Bills' Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, several of Hamlin's teammates took the field waving flags with his name and jersey number as many in the audience held up heart-shaped signs to pay tribute to the football player.


The day before, the Bills tweeted that Hamlin is still breathing on his own and his neurological function is excellent, but he was still in critical condition, citing his doctors.

Hamlin collapsed after making a tackle during the first quarter of the Bills' game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.

He was carried off the field in an ambulance, leaving the players crying and hugging each other, and unleashing an outpouring of support from fans and others across the country.

The game was initially postponed and later canceled by the NFL.

Medical staff and assistant coach honored at NFL games

Before Sunday's game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Bengals, the medical staff who rushed to Hamlin's aid were honored at Cincinnati's Paycor Stadium, the same field where Hamlin went into cardiac arrest.

At Highmark Stadium in New York, Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown gave a ball to assistant track trainer Denny Kellington, the man credited with saving Hamlin's life by administering critical CPR. to the soccer player, who, according to the doctors, lost his pulse on the field and had to be immediately revived by resuscitation and defibrillation.

The immediate response from Kellington and other medical personnel was vital "to not only save his life, but also his neurological function," said Dr. Timothy Pritts, one of Hamlin's doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Hamlin was sedated after being taken to the hospital.

Doctors announced Thursday that he had begun to wake up and that he appears neurologically intact, although he is still critically ill and on a ventilator.

"We won?"

was Hamlin's first question upon waking, according to Pritts, who said he wrote the question on a clipboard.

On Friday, the Bills said Hamlin's breathing tube was removed overnight and that he had spoken to teammates via video.

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Following the win over the Patriots on Sunday, Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White said Hamlin texted team members before Sunday's game, saying: "I'm thinking of all of you, I'm sorry. have done this to them."

"For him to look out for us when he's the person going through what he's going through, that just shows what kind of person he is."

White said Monday's incident still haunts the six-year NFL veteran.

“Seeing everything transpire, from the blow, until he got up, he fell, everything, is something that I can't… stop seeing.

Every time he closes his eyes it repeats itself.

I tried to watch TV and every time TV cuts to a commercial, that's the only thing that comes to mind,” White said.

Emotional pre-game ceremonies

During Sunday's Bills game, the stadium announcer read a statement in support of Hamlin to a roar from the crowd, which included fans in a sea of ​​blue and red holding signs supporting Hamlin saying “BILLI3VE,” “ All my heart for #3”, “Love for Damar”, “Did we win?”

and “Thank you medical staff!”.

Several of Hamlin's teammates, including Josh Allen and Kaiir Elam, took the field waving flags bearing Hamlin's name and the number 3 jersey.

The game then started with a bang.

Bills kickoff-returning running back Nyhiem Hines scored a 96-yard touchdown run, sparking euphoria from the crowd and prompting an emotional tweet from Hamlin.

Hines said the team needed this win after the events of last week.

“As a community, I feel like we needed this win.

I feel like my brothers in that locker room, we needed a lot of energy and good vibes.

And we had to win this," Hines said.

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Other teams around the league also paid tribute to Hamlin on Sunday.

In Cincinnati, Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins, who was involved in the play in which Hamlin was injured, wore a "Love Damar" T-shirt during pregame warmups.

Before the start of the game, the stadium announcer read a statement asking fans for a moment of support for Hamlin, his family and first responders.

Fans in Cincinnati, many holding signs supporting Hamlin, applauded loudly.

The television broadcast also showed Bengals coach Zac Taylor wearing a hoodie that read "Love for Damar" during the tribute.

Before the Chargers-Broncos game, Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson and Chargers safety Derwin James met at midfield, both wearing No. 3, and led a supporting moment for Hamlin.

CNN's David Close and Jacob Lev contributed to this report.

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