Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Posts Smiling Photo From ICU (Photos)


Six-time Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was in an all-terrain vehicle accident Friday that severed her spine, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from photos she posted Tuesday.

Van Dyken-Rouen is certainly handling the unfortunate accident — after which she told emergency workers that she could not move her toes or feel her legs — like a true Olympian. She posted photos to her Instagram of herself smiling in the intensive care unit.

The following photos were posted with the captions “Doing great today. My room is the most decorated in ICU. Thx for ur thoughts & prayers!” and “Making progress.. First day I sat up. Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers.”

The ATV accident occurred in Show Low, Ariz., in a restaurant parking lot. Van Dyken-Rouen hit a curb and fell over a drop-off between five to seven feet. She was not wearing a helmet, and her family told the Associated Press that the vertebrae she broke came within millimeters of rupturing her aorta.

Van Dyken-Rouen was in good condition as of Tuesday, but her family asked that no further details be released as she recovers.

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