December 11, 2023

By Lauren Mascarenhas | CNN

Mary Lou Retton attends an occasion at Planet Hollywood in New York Metropolis in 2018.(Robin Marchant/Getty Photographs/Buca, Inc. by way of CNN) 

Retired Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Mary Lou Retton skilled a “scary setback” in her combat in opposition to a uncommon type of pneumonia this week, after exhibiting exceptional progress in the direction of restoration simply days in the past, her daughter stated Wednesday evening.

Retton remains to be within the intensive care unit and is “actually exhausted” after the setback, her daughter Shayla Kelley Schrepfer stated in a video posted to Instagram.

“Initially of this week, we have been happening the up and up. We have been so excited, seeing a lot progress, after which yesterday we had a reasonably scary setback,” Schrepfer stated. “She remains to be in ICU, and we’re simply working by way of some issues so far as her setback goes.”

This month, Retton’s household introduced the 55-year-old had a uncommon type of pneumonia that left her combating for her life. Her daughter McKenna Kelley began a web-based fundraiser on behalf of Retton’s 4 daughters to assist help the medical prices, noting that Retton is uninsured.

Earlier within the week, Schrepfer stated that though 55-year-old Retton nonetheless wanted intensive care, her respiration was turning into stronger, and she or he not needed to rely so closely on machines.

“Mother’s progress is really exceptional!” Schrepfer wrote. “Prayers have been felt and have been answered.”

Pneumonia is a respiratory an infection that may trigger the lungs to fill with fluid, with signs that may vary from gentle to life threatening. Adults older than 65, youngsters youthful than 5 and people with different medical situations are most in danger. The household didn’t specify the kind of uncommon pneumonia her mom is recognized with.