Iconic American gymnast Mary Lou Retton improving, still in intensive care

Iconic American gymnast Mary Lou Retton improving, still in intensive care
Grace Fisher
Grace Fisher

Olympic gold medal winner Mary Lou Retton has made "remarkable" progress, but still remains in the ICU, according to daughter Schayla Schrepfer.

55-year-old Retton became the first American woman to win all-around Olympic gold in the 1984 Olympic games, where she also won two silver and two bronze medals at only 16 years old.

Retton has been in intensive care for days with a "very rare form of pneumonia" that left her unable to breathe on her own, according to family members.

Over €330,000 have been raised in an online fundraiser after another of Retton's daughters, McKenna Kelley, revealed her mother did not have health insurance.

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Schrepfer shared over Instagram that "Mom's progress is truly remarkable!"

"Prayers have been felt and have been answered. Although she remains in the ICU, her path to recovery is steadily unfolding. Her fighting spirit is truly shining."

"Her breathing is becoming stronger, and her reliance on machines is diminishing. Though it's a lengthy journey, witnessing these improvements is incredibly heartening! She's responding so well to treatments."

"Once more, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your overwhelming love and support."

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