Mary Lou Retton, a name that resonates with many, made history as a gymnast for Team USA during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Her breathtaking vault and floor routine earned her perfect 10s across the board, securing a gold medal and cementing her place in American sporting history. She was subsequently honored as Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year and featured on the coveted Wheaties box.

Recently, Retton’s daughter McKenna Kelley took to her Instagram Story to share a heart-wrenching update. The gymnastics legend is currently fighting for her life in the intensive care unit (ICU). Kelley revealed that her mother is battling a very rare form of pneumonia which has left her unable to breathe on her own. For over a week now, she has been under the care of dedicated medical professionals.

Out of respect for Retton’s privacy, Kelley refrained from sharing all the details. However, she did disclose that her mother is not insured, and the hospital bills are rapidly accumulating. In an effort to alleviate the financial burden, Kelley has started a fund and humbly appealed to anyone who can assist in raising money for the hospital expenses. She requested two simple actions: prayers and financial contributions towards the bills.

Retton retired from gymnastics in 1986 but continued to make appearances in the public eye. She graced the screen with guest roles in popular shows like Glee, Baywatch, and even competed on season 27 of Dancing With the Stars.

As of now, it remains unclear how long Retton has been in the hospital. The remarkable athlete, who is a proud mother of four daughters, has also been rightfully inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

This news is still developing, and updates will be provided as they become available.