Olympian Mary Lou Retton Remains in the ICU for Pneumonia


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Olympian Mary Lou Retton’s ongoing pneumonia restoration has taken a flip for the higher.

“UPDATE! We’re thrilled to share some uplifting information. Mother’s progress is really exceptional. Prayers have been felt and are being answered,” Retton’s daughter McKenna, 26, started an Instagram replace on Sunday, October 15. “Though she stays in [the] ICU, her path to restoration is steadily progressing.”

McKenna went on to state that her mom’s “preventing spirit is really inspiring,” including, “Her respiration is turning into stronger, and her reliance on machines is diminishing. Although it’s a prolonged journey, witnessing these enhancements is extremely heartening! She’s starting to reply to remedies.”

She concluded her submit on a grateful notice, writing, “As soon as extra, we prolong our heartfelt gratitude to your overwhelming love and assist.”

Mckenna’s newest replace comes days after she revealed Retton, 55, is “preventing for her life” after being hospitalized with a “very uncommon type of pneumonia” for over every week. On the time, she additionally shared a hyperlink to a SpotFund on-line fundraiser web page to assist with the household’s medical payments.

“ANYTHING, completely something, can be so useful for my household and my mother,” McKenna wrote through the web page on Tuesday, October 10. “Thank y’all so very a lot!”

At some point later, Retton’s daughter Shayla, 28, gave followers one other replace on the previous athlete’s situation through an Instagram video. (Retton shares 4 daughters — Shayla, McKenna, Skyla, 23, and Emma, 21, together with her ex-husband, Shannon Kelley.)

Mary Lou Retton Pneumonia Recovery Is Steadily Progressing Daughters
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“She’s nonetheless preventing,” Shayla acknowledged in her Wednesday, October 11, submit. “It’s going to be a daily course of, and we hope that you simply guys will respect her boundaries as we wish to maintain the main points between her and our household proper now.”

Whereas Shayla added that Retton is receiving care from “the most effective of the most effective” medical doctors and medical professionals, she shared that she and her sisters have been “overwhelmed” with the scenario as a complete.

“We didn’t even understand that there are such a lot of individuals on the market that love her simply as a lot as we do,” Shayla continued. “It’s been a extremely exhausting time for our household and so simply seeing that folks love her like that and exhibiting her that assist has meant the world to us and to her.”

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Retton’s former Dancing With the Stars accomplice, Sasha Farber, has additionally vocalized his assist for the star, encouraging her to not surrender. “I’ve been speaking to her right this moment and he or she’s preventing,” Farber, 39, informed Leisure Tonight on Tuesday. “She form of desires to surrender, however I’m sending her movies of her dancing and I’m telling her, ‘There’s just one Mary Lou Retton. You’ve obtained this!’”

Retton — greatest identified for successful a gold medal within the particular person all-around gymnastics competitors on the 1984 Summer time Olympics in Los Angeles — competed on season 27 of DWTS in 2018, wherein she and Farber have been eradicated after the sixth week of competitors. She beforehand retired from gymnastics in 1986 and was inducted into the Worldwide Gymnastics Corridor of Fame in 1997.