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Originally published May 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified May 30, 2007 at 2:01 AM

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Daugherty gets out of hospital

June Daugherty, Washington State women's basketball coach, was released from the hospital on Tuesday, a week after nearly dying following...

June Daugherty, Washington State women's basketball coach, was released from the hospital on Tuesday, a week after nearly dying following cardiac arrest.

Daugherty was released from Providence Everett Medical Center. She underwent surgery Thursday to have a defibrillator implanted in her chest to keep her heart beating regularly.

"June is doing very well," said Mike Daugherty, her husband and associate head coach at WSU, in a statement released through the school. "She would like to thank everybody for all of their good wishes, and she will be back soon."

June Daugherty is expected to fully recover and should resume her duties as the Cougars' coach well before the season begins this fall.

Daugherty, 50, collapsed May 22 at The Everett Clinic, where she had gone to discuss treatment for her cardiomyopathy. Doctors noticed an abnormality in her heart rate so a stress test was ordered. She was returning to the clinic to discuss the results of a stress test with a cardiologist.

Just as she parked her car, an irregular heartbeat sent her into cardiac arrest. Her 13-year-old daughter Breanne, who was in the car only because she was sick that day and stayed home from school, ran into the clinic to alert the doctors.

Washington State hired Daugherty last month after she was fired by Washington despite a winning record over 11 seasons.

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