2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, June 19, 2006
Graduate student dies after
collapsing due to heart defect
'U clinic screens for
the defect, hypertrophic
By Leah Oraboski
Daily News Editor
A 25-year-old female Rackham
student died due to hypertrophic
cardiomyopathy, a hereditary heart
defect, earlier this month. HCM is
the most common cause of sudden
death in people younger than 25.
The student was using the exercis-
ing facilities in her apartment building,
Huron Towers, when she collapsed.
Family and friends of the student
requested that her name not be used
in this article.
Rackham student Yueh-Chuan
Tzeng was the roommate of the stu-
dent who died.
"We were just like family,"Tzeng said,
who lived with her for two years.
Tzeng said her roommate was a
devoted patron of Grace Bible Church
in Ann Arbor. A memorial service was
held at the church, located on South
Maple Street, on June 5.
At the service, one of the student's
co-workers said, "Everyone should have
a friend like her in their life."
The student was also part of Michigan
Christian Grads, a fellowship formed by
graduate students at the University.
Tzeng said her roommate always
had a positive attitude and was focused
on her studies.
"She worked very hard to complete
a dual degree in Civil Environmental
Engineering and Industrial Operations
Engineering in two years;' Tzeng said.
The studentgraduatedfromthe School
of Engineering in April.
Rackham student Rebecca Booi was
also using the facilities at the time of the
student's death. She said the student had
been running on the treadmill after using
an elliptical machine when she collapsed.
Booiimmediately called911 and tried giv-
ing her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
When the paramedics arrived four to
five minutes after Booi called the stu-
dent had already stopped breathing. The
paramedics spent 15 minutes trying to
revive her on site before taking the stu-
dent to the hospital.
HCM is characterized by an abnormal
result in arrhythmias - irregular muscle
contractions of the heart.
HCM is caused by a genetic muta-
tion and is usually present at birth.
The mutation is passed to 50 percent
of the individual's offspring.
"(HCM) is definitely something that
college-age people, especially athletes,
See HCM, Page 3
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"In fact, those words might be an
understatement," he said.
Taylor highlighted Coleman's
leadership during The Michigan
Difference campaign, the 2003
Supreme Court case on the Univer-
sity's admissions policies and state
funding cuts to the University.
Since Coleman took the reins
in August 2002, the University's
enrollment, research expenditures,
private donations and endowment
have all increased.
Coleman's Michigan Difference
fundraising campaign generated
much of the donations.
To date, the campaign - which
set a goal of $2.5 billion - has
raised $2.152 billion.
Coleman briefly addressed the
Regents, thanking them for their
support and focusing on her initia-
tive goals, including strengthening
the University's research program.
"I will work to sharpen the defi-
nition of the University of Michigan
as the great puhlic research institu-
tion of the 21st century," she said
During Coleman's first term,
research expenditures have grown
to $753 million in 2005, a $98 mil-
lion jump from the same period in
As the state's leading public
higher education institution, Cole-
man also said the University has
a responsibility of public trust to
help steer Michigan's economy out
Coleman became the University's
first female president and the 13th
since it was founded in 1817 when
she assumed the position.
She replaced Lee Bollinger, who
left the University in 2001 to head
Prior to coming to the University, 4
Coleman - by trade a biochemist
- served seven years as president
of the University of Iowa.
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