U of Florida Student Collapses, Survives

Former American Heritage softball and volleyball player Claire Dunlap, now a freshman at the University of Florida, is in stable condition and “doing really well” after suffering cardiac arrest on Thursday afternoon, her mother Patti said.

Dunlap, 18, was chatting with a professor when she passed out around 3 p.m. Her heart rate raced enough to trigger a shock from her implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), which she’s worn since collapsing after an American Heritage softball game in 2009. She was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where her condition stabilized. Her mother expects Claire to be released Saturday.

“That ICD, we were hoping it would never have to do it’s thing,” Patti Dunlap said from Claire’s hospital room, where her sorority sisters and family were visiting. “We thought we’d beaten the odds.”

Dunlap had gone nearly three years since the 2009 incident and didn’t use the ICD. She played intramural volleyball with her sorority sisters without any trouble. Patti Dunlap said doctors expect a full recovery.

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