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Tiger Nation is coming together for something off the basketball court. Thirty-five-year-old Kim Morrison is fighting for her life after suffering cardiac arrest more than once this week. 

Her family says part of what's helping them stay positive is the support they've received from the University of Memphis athletic family, especially head basketball coach, Josh Pastner.

Kim's dad, Steve Morrison says this  week has been an emotional roller coaster for his family.

"They told us by 4 o'clock today, we would have to make a decision and she was listening and 30 minutes later, she quit seizing," Steve says.  "So, she's doing a good job.  She's fighting hard."

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Kim remains in a medically induced coma, after suffering from cardiac arrest four times this week.   Still, her family is optimistic because of her spirit and the support they've received from the University of Memphis athletic family.  Steve says Kim received a surprise phone call Thursday.  

"Josh Pastner called her this morning and left a message and wants to talk to her as soon as she's back and able to talk to people."

Kim's dad says even if she couldn't talk to Coach Pastner today,   he knows the phone call means the world to his daughter who has a special place in her heart for Tiger hoops.

Coach Pastner says he hopes his words can help remind the family, Tiger Nation is pulling for Kim.

"I have tremendous gratitude toward Tiger Nation and gratefulness towards Tiger Nation.  So, if there's something I can be part of and it maybe put a smile on someone's face and can give energy and good spirits, I'm all for it,"  Pastner says.

The support from Tiger Nation doesn't stop with Coach Pastner.  Kim's family built a Facebook Page where people can leave positive thoughts and show support, which has caught the attention of Tiger fans all over.   Many of them know Kim has dedicated a lot of time over the years to help the University of Memphis athletic department.  She volunteers each year at the conference basketball tournament.   

Steve says,  "She does a great job.  She absolutely loves it.  She can't wait for that time of year for the conference tournament to get here to get involved with that."

Tiger hoops is an important part of Kim's life and her dad credits the fans who share his daughter's love of the team for helping give Kim a fighting chance.

"The prayers are awesome," he says. "Obviously, something's working."  

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