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Jun 15, 2014 8:27 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen leaves ICU

Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen left the intensive care unit and moved into a regular room at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center in Arizona on Sunday morning, hospital spokeswoman Jamie Grim confirmed in a statement.

Van Dyken-Rouen, 41, severed her spinal cord at the T11 vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle accident on June 6 and has been in the ICU since.

Grim said that Van Dyken-Rouen is in good condition and that she and her family "appreciate the outpouring of well wishes and support" as she recovers.

Van Dyken-Rouen is expected to be transported via air ambulance to Englewood's Craig Hospital, which specializes in spinal cord injuries, sometime this week to begin rehabilitation.

Since news broke of her accident, numerous photos and updates have been posted to her Twitter and Instagram accounts, thanking her fans and showing her optimism. On Sunday, an Instagram post on her account confirmed the news that she had left the ICU: "FINALLY out of ICU! Now I have an amazing view. Sorry the blinds are in pic, but you still get the idea."

In an earlier update to her progress on Saturday, a photo of Van Dyken-Rouen sitting in a wheel chair was posted on her Instagram with the message: "My first transfer to a wheel chair is complete. I was boot scooting all over the halls."



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