It’s unlikely that anyone who watched the Monday Night Football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills on January 2, 2023 will soon forget it. Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field. And as the Bengals and Bills and decided to stop the game, nobody at Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium or watching at home knew if Hamlin would survive.
Of course, we know now that Hamlin did survive. The athletic trainers helped save his life on the field. He was then taken to UCMC (University of Cincinnati Medical Center) where he was treated and eventually, released.
Months later, a lot has changed. And on Saturday, Hamlin was back in Cincinnati, at UCMC. This time, it wasn’t as a patient. He was visiting the people who helped save his life nearly seven months ago.
“Good to see you again, @hamlinisland!” the hospital tweeted. “Damar stopped by UCMC earlier today to visit with staff, patients and a portion of the care team that supported him throughout his recovery. Keep changing the world! ”
Good to see you again, @hamlinisland!
Damar stopped by UCMC earlier today to visit with staff, patients and a portion of the care team that supported him throughout his recovery. Keep changing the world! pic.twitter.com/zXEDmxXIs0
— UC Health (@uc_health) July 22, 2023
Hamlin responded to the message with “Family. 🏾”
Family. 🏾 https://t.co/8vD56FgSt2
— 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐫 𝐇𝐚𝐦𝐥𝐢𝐧 (@HamlinIsland) July 22, 2023
Hamlin’s recovery process has been remarkable, especially considering how frightening things were that night. Not only did survive, but he’s still planning on returning to the NFL.