Don Shula Released After Emergency Hospitalization

Don Shula in 2009.
Don Shula in 2009.
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It's been a hard year already when it comes to the loss of legends, but don't worry. Don Shula will still be kicking around. The former Miami Dolphins coach was rushed to Aventura Hospital Monday night to undergo treatment for sleep apnea but has now been released. 

"Coach Shula has been admitted to the hospital due to fluid retention and sleep apnea," Shula's wife, Mary Anne Shula, said in a statement. "The family is looking for a speedy recovery." 

Sleep apnea is a relatively common condition involving pauses in breath or shallow breathing during sleep. For younger sufferers, it can lead to poor sleep and general feelings of fatigue throughout the day, but it's not only more common but also potentially more serious for older patients. 

The 86-year-old coach was kept for observation but said to be in good spirits. 

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"Coach has been entertaining staff with jokes, and we expect him to be home very soon," a spokesman told WSVN

Shula has now been released from the hospital. He lives with his wife in the exclusive Indian Creek Island neighborhood. 

Shula spent 26 of his 33 years coaching as head coach for the Miami Dolphins, led the team to two Super Bowl victories, and still holds the record for most career wins in NFL history. 


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