Olympic Champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Walks Less Than Three Months After Severing Spine in ATV Accident (Videos)

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Back in June, Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was in a severe ATV accident that severed her spinal cord and left her paralyzed from the waste down. Now, a little less than three months later, she can stand on her own and has even taken her first steps.

It wasn’t that long ago that a person in her position would have had to resign themselves to never walking again. But in case you haven’t noticed, we’re living in the future, where apparently anything is possible if you set your mind to it. And the six-time gold medalist and former world record-holder most definitely set her mind to it.

At the end of June she appeared on NBC’s Today show and described her situation as “a new challenge” and “a setback” that she was “taking head-on.” Then she vowed to walk again.

Now look at her:

As you can see, Amy is walking with the help of some sort of bionic device which probably costs like a million dollars.

Like I said, we’re living in the future.

Congratulations to Amy on her amazing progress. Here’s hoping she eventually makes a full recovery!

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