Pat Summitt Released from Hospital

Knoxville (WVLT) - The legendary coach Pat Summitt is recovering at home after spending the night in the hospital.

Summitt was taken to Saint Mary's Medical Center where she was admitted Thursday for dehydration.

Coach Summitt is a busy woman even in the off season. She has basketball camps, recruiting commitments, and don't forget the many simple tasks that we all face each day.

She's head of the hardwood, queen of the court, but too much activity may have caught up with Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt.

The University of Tennessee released a statement saying Summitt fell ill at home, was taken to a local hospital where she was admitted for dehydration.

We recently interviewed the Chief of the ER at UT Medical Center, who talks about the dangers of dehydration.

"Heat can be very damaging to all the organs of the body, the liver and the blood system. These patients develop likes coagulopathy where their blood doesn't clot, their liver fails and it can be very, very dangerous and even deadly," Dr. Kip Wenger from UT Medical Center said.

Summitt's condition isn't that serious. Women's Athletic Director, Joan Cronan, offered personal assurance that the coach will be okay, but part of the problem stem from all of Summitt's commitments off the court.

Summitt's annual basketball camps are some of her biggest summer projects. Add a busy recruiting schedule and the heat, and it's a combination that could cause problems for anyone.

In fact, in one of her many books, Summitt admits to being an "overachiever," saying she sometimes takes on more than she can handle.

A source close to Summitt tells us this is probably exactly what happened this time to cause exhaustion and dehydration for the 55-year-old coach. Summitt's basketball camps are going on this week. However, there was no camp Thursday. One ended Wednesday and another starts Friday/Today.


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  • by Jan Location: Texas on Aug 8, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    Pat, so glad to hear you are doing better after you overnight stay in hospital. Please Pat, there are a lot of us older coaches out here that love and admire you, take care of yourself! This is the year of the Lady Vols national championship again. Go Ladies!
  • by Pat Location: California on Jun 3, 2008 at 11:45 PM
    Hi Pat, this is Pat in California. I met you at the practice the day before the Lady Vols played Stanford back on December 21. Take care of yourself, dehydration is a no no. Carry a backpack if you must with water in it. I have trouble drinking enough water too but I don't have to deal with the awful heat out here in CA like you do back there in Tennessee. I can't wait till basketball season starts again in the Fall. I hope I am able to get over to the practice again this Fall when UT comes out to play Stanford, it sure was nice to be able to meet you in December. Take care of yourself, bye for now.
  • by Millisa Gingerich Location: Crossville, TN on Jun 22, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    Glad your doing better Pat, Take care of yourself.
  • by betty Location: tenn on Jun 22, 2007 at 08:23 AM
    im so glad you are ok pat

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