October 25, 2014
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Six-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen sat up in her hospital bed for the first time since she severed her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident over the weekend.
Van Dyken-Rouen posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday of her sitting up, with message thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
The 41-year-old swimmer was injured Friday night when she hit a curb while riding an ATV and flew off a drop-off between 5 and 7 feet. Van Dyken-Rouen told emergency workers on the scene that she could not move her toes or feel anything on her legs.
Van Dyken-Rouen's family said she severed her spinal cord at the T11 vertebrae and the broken vertebrae came within millimeters of rupturing her aorta.