The Buffalo Bills won when Damar Hamlin posted a picture from his hospital bed
The Buffalo Bills got an emotional win Sunday when Damar Hamlin posted an encouraging new photo on Twitter.
Hamlin, 24, a safety for the AFC East champions, shocked the sports world when he collapsed on the field in Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The game was suspended, then immediately suspended, and Hamlin was taken from the stadium by ambulance. It was later reported that he went into cardiac arrest after taking a heavy blow to the chest while tackling opposing player Tee Higgins.
Since then, Hamlin has been making a slow but steady recovery, waking up Thursday and speaking Friday after the breathing tube was removed. He appeared to be in good spirits and tweeted several times in support of his teammates.
The Bills hosted the New England Patriots in a home opener on Sunday, coming away with a 35-23 win. Throughout the match, players and fans paid tribute to Hamlin, who said he always wanted them on the field.
Before the game, the stadium took a moment to acknowledge the Bills’ medical team and athletic trainers, who rushed to provide medical attention after Hamlin collapsed on the field Monday night in Cincinnati.
Throughout the match, Hamlin tweeted live from his hospital bed, encouraging and celebrating his teammate’s successful plays, as well as thanking the fans for their support. In a particularly promising post, Hamlin shared a photo of himself sitting upright in bed, flanked by family members.
Following his team’s victory, Hamlin shared a link where fans could purchase a “Did We Win” shirt, echoing his first words upon waking up. Ready to give back, he said proceeds from the shirts will go to the University of Cincinnati Trauma Center.
“I want to return an ounce of the love you’ve shown me,” Hamlin wrote. “Proceeds from this shirt will go to first responders and the UC Trauma Center. Go get yours!”
Following his collapse, fans also showed their support for Hamlin, donating to the Chasing M fundraiser on GoFundMe. Originally aiming to raise just $2,500, National Spotlights has helped the foundation raise more than $8.5 million through more than 230,000 donations.
“Damar started the Chasing M Fund to use as a way to make a lasting impact in his community,” the update on the page reads. “Toy fundraisers, school trips, children’s camps, etc. supports. We are optimistic that Damar will continue to contribute incredibly generously in the future.”
A win by the Bills on Sunday would clinch the AFC’s No. 2 playoff seed, and Buffalo will host the division rival Miami Dolphins next weekend in the Wild Card round.
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