Wooden home from hospital after five-day stay

Updated: April 13, 2007, 4:24 PM ET
Associated press

LOS ANGELES -- John Wooden has been released from the hospital.

The 96-year-old former UCLA basketball coach is resting at his home in Tarzana, Calif., according to his daughter, Nan Muehlhausen.

"I picked my father up earlier today," Muehlhausen said in a statement released by UCLA. "He is at home and doing well."

Wooden was hospitalized Sunday when he started experiencing symptoms similar to those he experienced a year ago when he was hospitalized for diverticulitis, an inflammation of pockets in the colon.

Doctors said they believed Wooden had a reaction to a combination of medications, including one for arthritis.

"He wants to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, as well as all of the cards and notes people sent," Muehlhausen said. "Dad needs his rest, so we are asking people not to visit or call him on the telephone at this time."

On Thursday, Wooden remained in the hospital an additional night because of an elevated heart rate.

"He had solid food last night and everything was fine," Muehlhausen said in a statement on Thursday. "However, the doctors wanted to keep him another day while they determine why his heart rate was slightly elevated. They adjusted his medication today and he's been normal all afternoon."

Wooden coached the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year span before retiring in 1975 with a 620-147 record in 27 years at UCLA. He had to cancel a speaking engagement Wednesday at Kansas State University because he was hospitalized.

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