June Daugherty Recovering from Procedure to Insert a Defibrillator

May 24, 2007

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State Women's Basketball Head Coach June Daugherty underwent surgery Thursday to have a defibrillator implanted in her chest to keep her heart beating regularly.

Daugherty has been hospitalized at Providence Everett Medical Center in intensive care since Tuesday, following a sudden cardiac arrest.

A press conference was held Thursday afternoon with June's husband Mike, former player Kayla Burt, who played for June at the University of Washington and experienced a similar cardiac situation several years ago; Michael L. Rohrenbach, D.O., Daugherty's primary care physician and Dr. Mahesh Mulumudi, interventional cardiologist at Providence Everett Medical Center.

'I'm going through this the second time, the first time with Kayla Burt, and now again with June,' Mike Daugherty said during the afternoon press conference. 'This situation is eerily similar. We are very fortunate in the place that this happened (at The Everett Clinic) and that she received immediate care. Everything is good right now - she is expected to make a full recovery. We appreciate the outpouring of support from all over the country.'

According to the Providence Everett Medical Center's news release, Daugherty is expected to be released from Providence Everett Medical Center in the next few days.

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