We have sad news to report. Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken Rouen severed her spine in an all-terrain vehicle accident on June 6.
Amy Van Dyken Rouen, 41, was airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center on June 6 — and she was placed in the intensive care unit after saying she could not feel or move parts of her body. At the 1996 Olympics, Amy became first woman EVER from the United States to win four gold medals at one Olympics.
Amy Van Dyken Rouen Severs Spine In ATV Accident
In the accident, Amy severed her spinal cord at the T11 vertebrae. A police report on the accident details that Amy was driving an ATV that hit a curb, which sent Amy down an embankment, according to the LA Times. Amy went into immediate surgery when she was admitted to the ICU after the accident.
Amy is married to Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen. Amy and Tom’s family released a statement to Swimmingworldmagazine.com, saying:
“Amy’s spinal cord was completely severed at the T11 vertebrae, but, miraculously, a broken vertebrae stopped within millimeters of rupturing her aorta, and she did not suffer any head trauma. Amy awoke within hours of surgery acting like her typical spunky, boisterous, ebullient self and has spent the last 24 hours entertaining her family and her medical staff in the ICU.”
Amy’s husband said she’s in “good spirits” on June 9, according to The Denver Post.
Amy Van Dyken Rouen: Tweeting From Her Hospital Bed!
Amy might be in pain, but her spirits are high. The retired swimming has been tweeting over the last few days, including hashtags like #HospitalsSuck with her posts. She also Instagrammed a photo from her hospital bed of her family with the caption: “Never get us all together anymore. This is amazing. I have the best family.”
Wow. What a fighter! We wish Amy a speedy recovery. Do you remember watching Amy compete in the 1996 Olympics, HollywoodLifers? Leave your well wishes for Amy in the comments below!
— Megan Ross