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Former Beaufort High principal awake, alert in Charleston hospital

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Beaufort High School's principal Dan Durbin addresses the students who rallied for his support at the school on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.
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Beaufort High School's principal Dan Durbin addresses the students who rallied for his support at the school on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

A popular Beaufort educator showed encouraging health signs Thursday after being hospitalized earlier in the week and suffering a heart attack.

Former Beaufort High School principal Dan Durbin woke up and was alert in a Charleston hospital Thursday afternoon, a family spokesperson said Thursday.

Durbin was admitted to Coastal Carolina Hospital Tuesday, suffered a heart attack there Wednesday and was transferred to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston later that day. He had been in critical condition and unconscious, the family reported through online updates.

He was awake Thursday afternoon, could recognize family and is breathing on his own without a ventilator, state Rep. Shannon Erickson said. She acted as the family’s spokeswoman Thursday, passing along information from Durbin’s wife and daughter.

“Dan is off the ventilator tube and totally breathing on his own!” Erickson posted to Facebook on Thursday afternoon. “Responding and knows who he is and recognizes his family!”

It is unclear what caused Durbin to initially be hospitalized.

Doctors had been concerned about his neurological function earlier Thursday because he had been taken off sedatives and was still unresponsive, Erickson said. An MRI was planned.

Durbin has been in critical condition since Tuesday, according to updates from his family. After the heart attack Wednesday, he was transferred to MUSC to test his heart and for a possible stent.

Erickson said the Durbins are “humbled by all of the love, prayers and assistance pouring in and surrounding them.”

An MUSC spokesman said there was no information to report under Durbin’s name Thursday.

Durbin was principal at Beaufort High almost nine years before resigning in 2012.

Former students, colleagues and parents flooded social media with well wishes this week while awaiting updates.

Stephen Fastenau: 843-706-8182, @IPBG_Stephen

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