Beaufort News

Former Beaufort High principal could leave hospital this week

Dan Durbin
Dan Durbin

Former Beaufort High principal Dan Durbin could be discharged from a Charleston hospital by Friday after suffering a heart attack last week.

Tests on Durbin’s heart Monday didn’t show anything serious, according to the latest update from his family through spokeswoman Shannon Erickson. Durbin won’t need a stent and was expected to have a defibrillator device implanted Tuesday, Erickson wrote in a Facebook post Monday evening.

The family is hopeful Durbin will leave the hospital by Friday and enter a rehabilitation facility “to help him get back on his feet and restore cognitive function and memory,” Erickson wrote on behalf of Durbin’s wife and daughter.

“Thank you to the first responders who saved his life!” the message said. “Our family is humbled by all the words of comfort and support in addition to the many prayers.”

Durbin was hospitalized Aug. 9 at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville and had a heart attack in the hospital the next day. He was transferred to MUSC in critical condition but later regained consciousness and could recognize his family.

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

Stephen Fastenau: 843-706-8182, @IPBG_Stephen