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Thursday, January 9
Updated: January 10, 3:07 PM ET
 
Burt introduced as 'honorary sixth starter'

Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Washington guard Kayla Burt, who spent most of last week in a hospital bed after a near-death episode, rejoined the Huskies on Thursday night and cheered from the bench as her teammates played Arizona State.

After Washington's starters were introduced, Burt received a lengthy standing ovation when the public address announcer added her to the lineup as "an honorary sixth starter for the Huskies.''

Burt formed a circle with her teammates, then broke the huddle with a team cheer and waved to adoring fans as she returned to the bench.

One person held up a sign that said "We Love Kayla.'' Her parents, Ken and Teri Burt, stood and applauded from the second row near Washington's bench.

Burt's heart stopped beating on New Year's Eve and five teammates kept her alive with CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived.

The 20-year-old Burt subsequently was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, a rare inherited electrical disorder that causes heartbeat irregularities. She had a defibrillator implanted in her chest Monday and was released from University of Washington Medical Center the next day.

About 19 minutes before tipoff, fans stood and cheered when Burt walked onto the court behind her teammates. She took a spot on the baseline to watch the Huskies warm up, and later walked to midcourt for the team captains' meeting.

Television camera crews and still photographers followed her every move.

She started 10 games, averaging eight points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists.




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