Former American gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, 55, is “fighting for her life” with a “rare form of pneumonia,” according to her daughter.
“My amazing mom, Mary Lou, has a very rare form of pneumonia and is fighting for her life. She is not able to breathe on her own. She’s been in the ICU for over a week now. Out of respect for her and her privacy, I will not disclose all details. However, I will disclose that she not insured,” her daughter, McKenna Kelley, wrote on a fundraising page.
“We ask that if you could help in any way, that 1) you PRAY! and 2) if you could help us with finances for the hospital bill. ANYTHING, absolutely anything, would be so helpful for my family and my mom. Thank y’all so very much!” the post added.
"’Please help my mom continue to fight,’ her daughter said in the post.
— Laura Miers (@LauraMiers) October 10, 2023
Mary Lou Retton, 1984 L.A. Olympics champ, in ICU https://t.co/gkPCt0KGRB
— KTLA (@KTLA) October 10, 2023
Kelley added, “ANYTHING, absolutely anything, would be so helpful for my family and my mom. Thank y’all so very much!”
The fundraiser has a goal of $50k and as of Tuesday, over 79 donors have contributed.Advertisement
“If anyone can WIN we know it’s YOU! GEAUX MARYLOU!” one fan said on the page. “We are praying hard for you from La!”
Retton was a massive star in gymnastics … in fact, she made history as the first American woman to win the all-around gold in the 1984 Olympics. She also won two silvers and bronzes that same year.
After retiring, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997 and was the first woman to be selected into the Houston Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.
BREAKING: Former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 'fighting for her life' in ICU, daughter confirms | Just The News https://t.co/e28H5mTMF7
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Mary Lou Retton, one of the greatest names in U.S. Olympic history, “has a very rare form of pneumonia and is fighting for her life,” according to her daughter McKenna Kelley’s Instagram story. “She is not able to breathe on her own. She’s been in the ICU for over a week now.” pic.twitter.com/9LnwOJNP1J
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