To fans of the Olympics and competitive swimming, Amy Van Dyken is a household name. Over the course of her career, the American superstar has won six gold medals and set numerous world records in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Unfortunately, the swimmer has recently made headlines for more tragic reasons. On June 6th, 2014, Van Dyken was critically injured in an ATV accident in which she severed her spinal cord. The injury took place on her T11 vertebrae and came within millimeters of rupturing her aorta—which would have meant almost certain death for the athlete. According to a police report about the incident, Van Dyken ran up on a curb in a parking lot, which caused her to fall over a drop-off of about six feet.
On the scene, Van Dyken reported to emergency responders that she was unable to move her toes or feel any sensation in her legs, and she later stated that she has no feeling from her waist down.
Van Dyken was originally sent to the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center in Scottsdale, AZ but has now been transferred to Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO. While in Colorado, she will undergo intense rehabilitation for her injury and hopefully will regain some of the lost sensation in her legs.
Despite her severe predicament, Van Dyken has remained in high spirits about the incident.
She has been updating her fans about her condition via social media and was seen smiling as she arrived at her room in Craig Hospital. Her family and doctors say that her positive attitude is simply a natural part of her personality—strength and courage apparently come easy for the swimmer.
What Can You Do About Spinal Cord Injuries?
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