Olympian Amy Van Dyken's Spinal Injury will Likely Leave her Paralyzed, but Self-Sufficient

 – June 10, 2014  –– 

Swimmer and six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken suffered a devastating spinal cord injury Friday, reportedly severing her spine during an ATV accident in Arizona. “If damage to the spinal cord is what we call ‘complete,’ then the prognosis is poor for recovery, but excellent for becoming totally self-sufficient in a wheelchair,” said Kristjan Ragnarsson, MD, Dr. Lucy G. Moses Professorship in Rehabilitation Medicine, and Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital. “She has an excellent prospect of being generally healthy and living a good life.”

-Dr. Kristjan Ragnarsson, Dr. Lucy G. Moses Professorship in Rehabilitation Medicine, Chair, Rehabilitation Medicine, The Mount Sinai Hospital

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