Damar Hamlin ‘does well’ and returned to Buffalo to continue his recovery a week after suffering a cardiac arrest

American soccer player Damar Hamlin is “fine” and has been moved back to Buffalo, doctors said – a week after he collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest on the field.

The 24-year-old NFL star was released from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and flown home to Buffalo, where he will continue his recovery at another hospital.

Hamlinthe heart had to be restarted after it he suddenly fell to the ground and had a cardiac arrest during Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Medical personnel ran onto the field and resuscitated the Buffalo Bills player for about 10 minutes before he was taken out of the stadium by ambulance while stunned players and spectators – including his parents – watched in silence.

Hamlin was then placed on a ventilator during days of intensive treatment at an Ohio medical center – and recovered quickly.

Dr William Knight said he was “feeling fine”, while another medic, Dr Timothy Pritts, said: “We continue to be delighted with his recovery.”

Hamlin tweeted Monday night: “Today I headed home to Buffalo with a lot of love in my heart. Watching the world gather around me on Sunday was truly an amazing feeling.

“The same love you all have shown me is the same love I plan to bring back to the world (and) more. Bigger than football!”

He added in a follow-up post: “I am grateful for the amazing care I received at UCMC. Glad to be back in Buffalo.

“The doctors and nurses at Buffalo General have already made me feel at home!”

Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor learned of Hamlin’s firing during a press conference.

Taylor was visibly moved as he said, “You know, it’s unbelievable… It wasn’t even a week ago.

“God is great, he works miracles. It’s a miracle, no doubt.

“You can’t say it enough, the people who responded on stage give him the best chance to make it.”

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Doctors said Hamlin had been walking since Friday and eating regularly.

Normal recovery from such a cardiac arrest can be measured from weeks to months, doctors say.

After being described as “critical” for days in the hospital, Hamlin began to communicate in writing, then slowly began speaking.

On Saturday, the player expressed his gratitude via social media.

In a tweet, he thanked “everyone who reached out and prayed”, saying it would make him “stronger on the road to recovery”.

Hamlin was in touch with his teammates via FaceTime as he lay in bed in Cincinnati.

On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team also paid tribute to a player who hails from the area by providing toys, books and teaching materials to the children’s daycare where the player hosts the annual toy campaign.

Fans, players and team owners have donated to Hamlin’s Chasing M’s Foundation, which has raised over $8.2m (£7.7m) by Saturday afternoon.

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