In an update on her mom’s condition posted on Instagram Monday, Retton’s daughter said that the former Olympic gymnast has been released from a Texas hospital.
Olympic Great Finnaly Returns Home
Five-time Olympic medalist Mary Lou Retton is back at home after her family revealed earlier this month that the gymnastics icon was “fighting for her life” after suffering from a rare form of pneumonia.
“Mom is home and in recovery mode,” Retton’s daughter McKenna Lane Kelley announced Monday on Instagram. “We still have a long road of recovery ahead of us, but baby steps.”
“We are overwhelmed with the love and support from everyone. Grateful doesn’t scrape the surface of the posture of our hearts.”
She continued, “Thank you Jesus, thank you doctors and nurses, thank you to this loving community of support.”
The update comes just days after Shayla Kelley Schrepfer, Retton’s daughter, said her mother had suffered a “scary setback” while still in the ICU.
Twelve days ago, Retton’s family announced she had a rare form of pneumonia that made her unable to breathe on her own and left her fighting for her life. Kelley started an online fundraiser on behalf of Retton’s four daughters to help support the medical costs, noting that Retton is uninsured.
Retton made “remarkable” progress in the hospital, according to her family, which didn’t specify Monday when she was released.
Retton, who in 2018 was on the ABC hit show “Dancing with the Stars,” still has a long recovery road, Kelley said.
Retton, 55, lives in Houston. She was married to former University of Texas quarterback Shannon Kelley; they pair divorced in 2018.
Retton was the first American woman to win an individual Olympics gold medal in gymnastics.
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