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Olympic legend Mary Lou Retton makes ‘remarkable’ progress


The family of former Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton shared some good news Saturday: The 55-year-old former gymnast is making “remarkable” progress as she battles a rare form of pneumonia.

McKenna Kelley, one of Retton’s four daughters, posted an update on Instagram.

“We are excited to share uplifting updates! ” she says.

“Mom’s progress is truly remarkable! Prayers were felt and answered,” Kelley wrote. “Even though she remains in intensive care, her road to recovery is progressing steadily. His fighting spirit really shines!

Retton’s family revealed earlier this week that she was “fighting for her life” and was unable to breathe on her own.

“His breathing is getting stronger and his dependence on machines is decreasing,” Kelley said Saturday.

Former Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton is making progress after being hospitalized with a rare form of pneumonia.
McKenna Kelley (right), one of Retton’s four daughters, posted an update Saturday on Instagram.
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“Even though it’s a long journey, witnessing these improvements is incredibly comforting,” Kelley wrote. “She’s responding so well to the treatments.”

Donations poured into a fundraiser organized by the family to help cover Retton’s medical costs after the family said she had no medical insurance.

There were more than 7,500 donations totaling more than $415,000 as of Saturday afternoon.

Retton won five medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
Retton was the first American woman to win an all-around gold medal.

Nicknamed “America’s Sweetheart,” Retton was 16 when she became an icon of the U.S. Olympic movement when she won gold at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

The Fairmont, West Virginia, native also won two silver and two bronze medals at these Olympics to help bring gymnastics — a sport long dominated by powers like Romania and the Soviet Union — into the mainstream. the mainstream in the United States.



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