‘I just wanted to show my appreciation’: Damar Hamlin pulls up to thank Buffalo nurses 


‘I just wanted to show my appreciation’: Damar Hamlin thanks Buffalo nurses for their care of him and other patients during national nurses week… four months on from on-field cardiac arrest

  • Damar Hamlin has been an vocal and active member of the Buffalo community 
  • On Monday, Hamlin was named the winner of the 2023 George Halas Award 
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The Buffalo Bills shared a video of Damar Hamlin visiting a non-profit healthcare network which manages five hospitals in the Buffalo area – just over four months on from his cardiac arrest during an NFL game.  

Hamlin did so in recognition of national nurses week. The Bills safety visited the facility last Tuesday to thank nursing staff for care he received during his recovery from cardiac arrest.

‘I just wanted to show my appreciation to you guys… and also the countless hours of work that are unseen,’ Hamlin said. 

‘I appreciate you, and thank you, and I’m glad to be here,’ he added, in a clip posted to Twitter.

Hamlin was curiously announced as the 2023 George Halas Award for the NFL player, coach or staffer ‘who overcomes the most adversity to succeed’ by the Pro Football Writers Association. The PFWA revealed Monday the former Pitt standout was the 55th winner of the award.

Hamlin thanked nurses last week for their care of him and others in a video posted to Twitter

Hamlin thanked nurses last week for their care of him and others in a video posted to Twitter

The Bills' Hamlin won the 2023 George Halas Award for overcoming adversity to succeed

The Bills’ Hamlin won the 2023 George Halas Award for overcoming adversity to succeed

He became a nationally known figure went into cardiac arrest during a January 2 game at CIN

He became a nationally known figure went into cardiac arrest during a January 2 game at CIN

Hamlin became a nationally known figure after going into cardiac arrest during a nationally televised game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2. The defensive back tackled Bengals wideout Tee Higgins during the game before returning to his feet, wobbling, and collapsing on the Paycor Stadium turf, where he needed to be resuscitated. 

Hamlin was administered oxygen, placed on a stretcher and rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. In his own words, he ‘died on national TV’

He was released January 11, and said last month that his doctors have concluded the hit to the chest caused his heart to stop. 

The rare condition – called commotio cordis – occurs when a severe blow to the chest causes the heart to quiver and stop pumping blood efficiently, leading to sudden cardiac arrest.

‘It’s a direct blow at a specific point in your heartbeat that causes cardiac arrest,’ Hamlin told reporters after his workout with teammates at the Bills facility in Orchard Park, New York recently.

‘Five to seven seconds later, you fall out and that’s pretty much what everyone was seeing January 2 of this year.’

He suffered a blow to the chest tackling Bengals WR Tee Higgins, leading to a cardiac arrest

He suffered a blow to the chest tackling Bengals WR Tee Higgins, leading to a cardiac arrest

Hamlin has said he will use money donated to his foundation to help prevent similar incidents

Hamlin has said he will use money donated to his foundation to help prevent similar incidents

There was some speculation that Hamlin had suffered commotio cordis, but that diagnosis was not confirmed until his press conference, where the Pittsburgh native said he hopes to raise awareness about the condition.

Hamlin has been cleared to resume playing and took part in the Bills’ voluntary workout program last month. He has also committed to helping youth sports avoid similar situations by donating the $10million in donations he received after the incident towards promoting safety in sports through CPR & AED training.

‘We have been very deliberate and intentional about taking our time to set my charity up properly,’ Hamlin said in a statement. 

‘I’m excited to begin sharing news about programs we are creating to impact a generation of youth and give back to others.’





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