Daugherty Released From Hospital

May 30, 2007

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Washington State women's basketball coach June Daugherty was released from a hospital Tuesday, a week after nearly dying of a sudden cardiac arrest.

Last Thursday, Daugherty had a defibrillator implanted in her chest to keep her heart beating regularly. She was released from Providence Everett Medical Center.

'June is doing very well,' her husband, Mike Daugherty, said in a statement released through the school. 'She would like to thank everybody for all of their good wishes, and she will be back soon.'

She is expected to resume her duties as the Cougars' coach well before the season begins in the fall.

The 50-year-old Daugherty collapsed May 22 at The Everett Clinic, where she had gone to discuss treatment for her cardiomyopathy. She had a physical on April 19, followed by an electrocardiogram in early May. Doctors noticed an abnormality in her heart rate so a stress test was ordered. She took her stress test on May 21 and was returning to the clinic May 22 to discuss her results with a cardiologist.

Just as she parked her car, an irregular heartbeat sent her into cardiac arrest. She slumped over the wheel. Her 13-year-old daughter, Breanne, who was in the car only because she was sick that day and stayed home from school, ran into the clinic to alert the doctors.

They rushed out to the parking lot and used a defibrillator to shock Daugherty's heart back into rhythm. Then they raced her 3 miles to the hospital.

Washington State hired Daugherty last month after she was fired by Washington despite a winning record over 11 seasons. Daugherty guided Washington to the NCAA tournament in six of her 11 years at the school. She was dismissed on March 18, one day after the Huskies lost their first-round game in the NCAA tournament to Iowa State.

Daugherty, who also coached from 1989-96 at Boise State, took over a WSU program that has not had a winning season since 1995-96. Her husband is the associate head coach at WSU.

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