A popular former Beaufort school administrator received an outpouring of support this week after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Former Beaufort High School principal Dan Durbin was admitted to Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville on Tuesday afternoon and was in critical condition after going into cardiac arrest. He had a heart attack Wednesday morning at the hospital and was later transferred to Medical University of South Carolina, his family said in public Facebook posts.
Durbin was in critical condition but stable Wednesday afternoon, his wife, Angela, posted.
A cardiologist told the family Durbin was being transferred to MUSC for a catheterization and possible stent, his daughter, Hannah, posted Wednesday morning.
He is on a ventilator and unconscious, she wrote earlier in the day.
“He still has not woken up,” Hannah Durbin posted Wednesday morning. “Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”
Durbin’s wife said he was stable but “critically ill” Tuesday night. Hannah posted that her dad had gone into cardiac arrest Tuesday.
A family friend said Tuesday the family appreciates the community’s support and prayers and is not currently accepting visitors.
Durbin was principal at Beaufort High School for almost nine years. He resigned in 2012.
He has since worked as an operations manager and for a consulting firm dealing with small businesses and educational institutions, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Support poured in as the news spread on Facebook on Wednesday. Durbin’s former students, parents of students and colleagues offered promises of prayers for Durbin and his family.
Former Beaufort High athletics director Jerry Linn, who attends church with Durbin, said he was traveling and following the updates online and through a church prayer chain.
“I hope his body recovers and everything is OK,” Linn said. “Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer.”
In a post just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Hannah thanked everyone who reached out to the family and said that the family was with Durbin on Wednesday morning.
This is a developing story and will be updated.