Former Washington guard played with defibrillator

Updated: February 22, 2006, 12:37 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- A month after ending her college basketball career, former Washington guard Kayla Burt has taken a job with The Hope Heart Institute in the education and community outreach department. She will begin work in late April.

Burt stepped away from the court Jan. 16, four days after her defibrillator went off during a game. Burt had the defibrillator implanted after her heart stopped Dec. 31, 2002. She was in her off-campus apartment then for a holiday gathering and teammates came to her rescue, performing CPR until paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital.

After her cardiac arrest, she missed the remainder of the 2002-03 season and redshirted in 2003-04. Doctors and Burt then decided it was safe for her to play basketball again. She played 15 games, all as a reserve, this season and averaged 6.9 points. She played 29 games as a junior, including 16 starts, averaging 9.6 points.

In her role with the institute, Burt will coordinate involvement in community health fairs and develop an education program of Long QT Syndrome. Burt was originally diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome.

"Coming to the Hope straight out of college is the best move for me right now in my life as I am simply working with one of my passions," Burt said in a news release.

The Institute, founded in 1959, is dedicated to cardiovascular research and education.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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