Mary Lou Retton is released from hospital, daughter says
By Jesús Jiménez
Mary Lou Retton, a decorated Olympic gymnast, has been released from a hospital, one of her daughters said Monday, about two weeks after her family reported that the gold medalist had a rare form of pneumonia and was in an intensive care unit “fighting for her life.”
“We still have a long road of recovery ahead of us, but baby steps,” McKenna Lane Kelley, Retton’s daughter, said on Instagram, noting that her mother was at home. “We are overwhelmed with the love and support from everyone. Grateful doesn’t scrape the surface of the posture of our hearts.”
It was unclear when Retton, 55, was discharged from the hospital. It was also unclear where Retton had been hospitalized. Her family did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday afternoon.
This month, Kelley said her mother had been in the ICU for more than a week with a “very rare form” of pneumonia, and that she was “not able to breathe on her own.”
Kelley asked for donations on social media to help pay for the hospital bills of her mother, who Kelley said did not have health insurance. More than 8,300 donors have raised more than $450,000 online for Retton, who, at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, became the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal or any individual Olympic medal in gymnastics. Her performance made Retton one of the most popular athletes in the United States at the time.
More specific information about Retton’s condition has not been disclosed, but Retton’s daughters have been sharing updates about their mother on social media.
Kelley said on Instagram on Oct. 14 that her mother had made “truly remarkable” progress and that she was relying less on machines to help her breathe.
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