Mary Lou Retton Shares That She Is On Her Way To Recovery After Pneumonia Announcement

Retton began gymnastics at an early age and went on to make history by competing in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She soon became the very first American to take home an Olympic all-around gold medal, along with two silver and two bronze medals. Recently her daughter shared that Mary was sent to the ICU and has now followed up with a positive update.

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What did Mary Lou Retton’s daughter say about her health?

Mary Lou Retton’s daughter McKenna Kelley, who also happens to be an accomplished gymnast, shared in a recent update that her mother was making good progress despite being in the intensive care unit. On Monday, she sent another update, reporting that Retton had returned home and was “in recovery mode.”

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“We still have a long road of recovery ahead of us, but baby steps,” she continued. “We are overwhelmed with the love and support from everyone. Grateful doesn’t scrape the surface of the posture of our hearts. Thank you Jesus, thank you doctors & nurses, thank you to this loving community of support.”

What happened to Mary Lou Retton?

In, 1997, Retton was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame after retiring from gymnastics in 1986. McKenna Kelley, the Olympic gymnast’s daughter, revealed in early October that her mother had been admitted to the intensive care unit. She had an extremely rare form of pneumonia that prevented her from breathing on her own and forced her to have to fight for her life.

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Kelley didn’t give many details when she initially announced that Retton was in the hospital, but she did say that her mother didn’t have insurance, so she started a Spotfund page to raise money for the medical expenditures. She requested $50,000, and as of Monday night, they had received $459,304.