"Mary Lou Retton's Daughter Provides Update on Her Mother's ICU Stay and Steady Path to Recovery"


Mary Lou Retton's daughter, Sheila Kelly Schlepfer, shared an update on Saturday about the Olympic legend's hospitalization.

"Mom's progress is truly remarkable!" Schlepfer posted on Instagram. "He is still in the ICU, but his road to recovery is well underway."

Retton was hospitalized earlier this month with a rare type of pneumonia. Her daughter, McKenna Kelly, has set up a Spot Fund page for the great gymnast, who was uninsured and "couldn't breathe on her own" at the time.

Schlepfer added: "His breathing is getting stronger and he's becoming less dependent on machines. It's a long road, but it's incredibly encouraging to see these improvements. ” he added.

"He is responding very well to treatment," Schlepfer continued.

Since Kelly's announcement, donations have poured in for Retton, and the fund has exceeded its $50,000 goal by nearly $450,000.

Many fans were surprised to learn that Ms. Retton does not have insurance and that her daughters have not commented on her mother's health insurance situation "out of respect for her and her privacy." Ta. Epidemiologist and health economist Eric Feigldin tweeted: "I don't know if she's still wealthy. Something must have happened. Otherwise they crowdfund her medical bills. "I don't think they'll do it. It doesn't make sense."

Retton is a legend to many American gymnasts. As the first American woman to win a gold medal in the individual all-around event, she inspired generations of girls to take up the sport. She got into the sport after watching Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Olympics, and eventually moved to Houston, Texas, where she trained under Comaneci's coaches Bela Karolyi and Marta Karolyi.