Washington guard Burt quits basketball for health reasons

first_img“Coming into my return, I knew that anything (that) happened during the course of my career that involved my heart, I would put my shoes to rest,” Burt said. “We did not expect what happened on Thursday night to happen, but it did and it is no longer safe for me to play competitive Division I basketball.” Speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, Burt said she initially thought she had been hit in the chest, but then realized her defibrillator had gone off. “Many thought that the device may have malfunctioned, but it indeed fired appropriately,” she said. 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. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEATTLE – Washington guard Kayla Burt ended her college basketball career Monday, four days after her internal heart defibrillator went off during a game. The 23-year-old senior had the defibrillator implanted in her chest after her heart stopped on New Year’s Eve 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. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“We still don’t know why it happened,” she said about Burt’s defibrillator going off Thursday night during a home game against UCLA. Burt said she didn’t want to take any more risks after the defibrillator went off during a time out in the first half of last week’s game, and then a second time while she was waiting to be taken to the hospital. She went to the University of Washington Medical Center, was held for observation and tests and released the next day. 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. The defibrillator was implanted to shock her heart back to normal rhythm should another abnormality occur. center_img “The decision is a mutual agreement between myself, my family, the doctors and the University of Washington,” Burt said at a news conference with coach June Daugherty and the Huskies team doctor, Dr. Kim Harmon. Harmon agreed with Burt’s decision. last_img read more

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