Huskies player shocked by defibrillator, hospitalized

Updated: January 13, 2006, 2:31 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Washington guard Kayla Burt was taken to a hospital as a precaution Thursday night after her heart defibrillator activated early in the first half of the Huskies' game against UCLA.

"She's aware, alert, responsive,'' said Jeff Compher, Washington's executive associate athletic director.

Compher said he could hear Burt cheering in the background when he called the UW Medical Center to check on her during the game. The Huskies beat the Bruins 96-75.

He said she was being put through a series of tests and was under observation. It was not clear late Thursday night whether she would be admitted to the hospital.

Three years ago, Burt's heart stopped while she was sitting in her apartment on New Year's Eve and she was revived by her roommates. She had a defibrillator implanted a short time later. She sat out the rest of that season and all of the 2003-2004 season before returning to the Huskies last season.

Burt left the floor during the team's second timeout on Thursday night and sat on the bench.

"I was sitting right by her and I got kind of scared when she said, 'My defibrillator just shocked me,' " said teammate Cameo Hicks. "We knew they would take great care of her. We have great trainers and doctors here. We just had to stay focused on the game.''

Huskies coach June Daugherty said when Burt told her she had just gotten shocked she thought her player meant static electricity.

"But then I saw her eyes were both big and she said, 'No, my defibrillator just went off.' It was more like surprise,'' Daugherty said. "From everything we know, it has never gone off. It was like one of those moments, 'What the heck is that?'"

Burt was in no pain and alert when she left the arena. Her parents accompanied her to the medical center.

The players "were very aware,'' Daugherty said. "They were right there with her. I think it was like a pause for a second, then a deep breath, then like 'Let's go win it for her.' "


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