Olympic Gymnast Icon Mary Lou Retton Fighting for Her Life in Intensive Care

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Following a diagnosis of a rare form of pneumonia, Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gymnastics legend is now “fighting for her life” in an intensive care unit, according to her daughter.
Retton, 55, who made history by becoming the first American woman to win the Olympic all-around gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, is receiving treatment at an unidentified hospital, according to her daughter McKenna Kelley.

According to Kelly, Retton has been in an intensive care unit since last week and is presently unable to breathe on her own. According to a post on spotfund.com, Kelly pleaded for prayers and contributions to help pay her mother’s medical expenses.

Through an Instagram fundraiser campaign, Kelley disclosed specifics about her mother’s condition. On the fundraising website, they had raised close to $250,000 at the time this article was written. We see one donor, Linda Mcingvale graciously donated $50,000. It was reported that Retton is not insured.


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