Money pouring in to pay Mary Lou Retton's medical bills

Money pouring in to pay Mary Lou Retton’s medical bills

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, October 13th 2023, 4:12 PM EDT)

The family of Mary Lou Retton has raised $400,000 to pay her medical bills, and there could be a lot more on the way.

Tuesday, one of her daughters posted on social media that the American Olympic legend was “fighting for her life” with a very rare form of pneumonia.

She added, Retton had been in intensive care for more than a week, was unable to breathe on her own, and did not have health insurance.

The post included a link to a fund set up to help pay Retton’s medical bills.

Friday afternoon, the site SpotFund reported $403,433 had been raised with $50,000 coming from Linda McIngvale. She’s the wife of Gallery Furniture owner and sports better Jim ‘Mattress Mack’ McIngvale.

On top of that, the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee has reportedly offered to help as well.

Money pouring in to pay Mary Lou Retton's medical bills
FILE- Mary Lou Retton reacts to applause after her performance at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles on Aug. 3, 1984. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

A spokesperson told USA Today it’s trying to get Retton approved by its relief fund, which says it provides

“charitable assistance to United States Olympians & Paralympians who demonstrate a significant need due to hardship as a result from illness, death or other extenuating circumstances.”

At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Retton, now 55, became the first American woman to win the all-around gold medal in gymnastics.

She also won two silver medals and two bronze medals and became Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year.

Since then, Retton made several film and television appearances, including a stint on “Dancing with the Stars.”

She was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997.

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