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American football player Damar Hamlin who suffered cardiac arrest mid-game is released from hospital

American football player Damar Hamlin, who collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest during a game last week, has been released from hospital in Buffalo.

Hamlin‘s heart had to be restarted twice after he suddenly fell to the ground during the match against the Cincinnati Bengals on 2 January.

For almost a week, doctors listed his condition as “critical” but the 24-year-old slowly started to communicate by writing.

He then began to grip people’s hands and his breathing tube was removed.

His team, the Buffalo Bills, confirmed on Wednesday he had been discharged from hospital and will continue his rehabilitation at home.

A statement from them said Hamlin had been through a “series of cardiac, neurological and vascular testing” before being released and doctors were “confident that Damar can be safely discharged”.

Damar Hamlin is still receiving treatment at a Buffalo hospital. Pic: Instagram
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Damar Hamlin posted Instagram updates to fans from his hospital bed. Pic: Instagram

A GoFundMe page, set up by Hamlin to support young people through education and sport, hit more than $8.6m (£7.1m) in donations following his cardiac arrest – after its initial goal was just $2,500 (£2,000).

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He is said to also be using some of the proceeds from the sale of new T-shirts, emblazoned with “Did We Win?” (said to be the first words he spoke when coming round) along with his hands in the shape of a heart, to raise money for the Cincinnati medical facility that treated him.

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Jan 8, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; General view of the outlined number three on the field honoring Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin prior to the game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Green Bay Packers outlined the number three, Hamlin’s shirt number, on their field to show their thoughts were with the American footballer
An image is shown overhead paying tribute to Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin before the start of an NFL football game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Since his collapse, players and fans of both American football and many other sports across the world have shown their support during Hamlin’s recovery – paying tribute to his shirt number 3 in myriad ways.

Medical staff had been forced to rush onto the field in Cincinnati to give Hamlin CPR for about 10 minutes.

An ambulance then drove onto the pitch as the crowd fell silent, and his teammates huddled to pray.

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