Margo Dydek suffers heart attack

Updated: May 20, 2011, 5:37 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BRISBANE, Australia -- Former WNBA player Margo Dydek has suffered a heart attack and is in a medically induced coma in a Brisbane hospital.

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Basketball Australia said Friday that the 37-year-old Poland-born Dydek suffered the heart attack on Thursday. The two-time All-Star collapsed at her home in Brisbane and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Dydek, who is pregnant with her third child, had been working as a coach for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League.

"Luckily it was morning, when her husband was at home," Dydek's sister, Katarzyna, told thenews.pl, an English-language Polish news website. "An ambulance arrived five minutes later, and resuscitation began just 10 minutes after the accident."

According to Katarzyna Dydek, attempts to bring her sister out of her coma have not been successful thus far.

"We're optimistic as the results of the tests done in the hospital are proving positive," Katarzyna Dydek told thenews.pl.

Margo Dydek was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 WNBA draft by the Utah Starzz. She also played for San Antonio, Connecticut and Los Angeles. She is the all-time WNBA leader in total blocks (877) and blocks per game (2.72), and seventh all-time with 2,143 total rebounds.

The 7-foot-2 Dydek once was said to be the tallest active professional female basketball player in the world.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.