LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Following his release from the hospital Saturday morning, USU junior Danny Berger joined up with teammates when they took on Western Oregon.
Berger was met with cheers and supporters as he stepped out onto the court at the start of Saturday's game. The junior remained courtside throughout the evening, looking tired but happy to be back on the court.
Doctors have placed a tiny defibrilator on Berger's heart and are monitoring him closely. They are still trying to determine what caused him to go into cardiac arrest last Tuesday during practice.
During a press conference held before the game, Berger expressed thanks to USU assistant athletic trainer Mike Williams. It was Williams who administered CPR and placed the automatic external defibrilator (AED) on Berger to re-start his heart. "I owe Mike a lot. I can't ever pay him back. He's one of the smartest guys I know and a life-long friend," said Danny Berger.
Williams acknowledged other team members and medical staff for their help in saving Berger's life. He's grateful the young athlete is alive and vows to help him as he recovers. "It's really good in athetics nowadays to see a happy and positive story. There's a lot of stuff that goes on in athletics that doesn't end the way it should. This has, and we hope it continues," said Mike Williams.
Doctors say it will be at least six weeks before Berger will be able to play basketball.