Damar Hamlin has been released from the hospital a week after suffering a cardiac arrest in an NFL game

Damar Hamlin has been released from the hospital a week after suffering a cardiac arrest in an NFL game

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin has been released from hospital just one week after his cardiac arrest against the Cincinnati Bengals

The 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety’s heart stopped after a tackle by Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins last week.

Hamlin has been at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC), where regular updates have been provided throughout the week

The NFL player tweeted: "Headed home to Buffalo today with a lot of love in my heart. 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 then added: “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!”

The Bills went on to say “We are thrilled and proud to share that Damar Hamlin has been released from the hospital and returned to Buffalo.

“He is doing well and this is the next stage of his recovery.”

UCMC doctors William Knight and Timothy Pritts, who looked after the football star added “He has continued to make good progress since.

“He has worked with physical therapy and had assisted walks with the nursing staff on Friday, continuing to regain strength. He’s certainly on what we consider a very normal to even accelerated trajectory from the life-threatening event that he underwent.”

Dr Knight said: “I think we’re in the same place we were in the last discussion [which] is that it is entirely too premature to discuss not only his football, it’s that we’re really focused on his day-to-day recovery.

“He still has a little bit of a way to go in terms of his ongoing recovery, we’re thrilled to be where he is today. He’s up, he’s walking around, he’s got an amazing, genuine sense of humour and his family is amazing and we’re happy he’s with them.

“But in terms of any kind of conjecture to his future that’s still significantly into the future and it’s going to be up to Damar and a great team of physicians to help him.”