CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati medical provider was awarded the city’s award earlier this month for providing medical care to Buffalo Bills safety Dharma Hamlin, a spokesperson for the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said. A bunch of keys.
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The ceremony took place Thursday at UC Medical Center, where Hamlin spent a week recovering from a Jan. 2 cardiac arrest on the field at Pecor Stadium in Cincinnati.
“It is very remarkable that while Damar Hamlin’s case was notable because it was aired on national television, the care he received was not,” Aftab Pureval said. “Everyone, whether a professional athlete or an ordinary person on the street, will receive the same exceptional, first-class care. We are so grateful for your heroic work day in and day out.”
Dozens of UC Medical Center physicians, nurses, and clinical and non-clinical support staff attended the event along with Mayor Preval and Deputy Mayor Jan-Michele Kearney.
“The immediate impact has been to educate the community about the care we provide,” said UC Health Chief Operating Officer Robert Wiehe. “Our team is the best in the country, as everyone has been able to witness over the course of the last month.”
UC Medical Center is the only adult Level I trauma center in the region.
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Cincinnati Children’s also received $10,000 worth of toys Wednesday from Fisher-Price and Mattel for their support and care for Hamlin, our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO, reported.
Included in the gift was a card that read: “Thank you for taking such good care of Damar.”
Cincinnati Children’s said the Children’s Life team will sort and distribute the toys to children receiving care throughout the medical center, the WCPO said.
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Hamlin expressed gratitude for the care he received at UCMC on Jan. 8 on social media And plans to donate proceeds from the sale of a shirt to first responders and the UC Trauma Center.
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The T-shirt features Hamlin’s folded hands in the shape of a heart and the famous quote: “Did we win?” The hospital said it was the first thing Hamlin asked after waking from a coma.
Hamlin continues his recovery from cardiac arrest in Buffalo.
“Thank you for all the sincere love, thoughts and prayers from around the world,” Hamlin write on social media Tuesday. “You will hear from me soon.”
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