Prayers Are Pouring In For Legendary Olympic Gymnast Mary Lou Retton

Famous American gymnast Mary Lou Retton is allegedly battling a serious illness.

Retton isn't breathing on her own right now and is on a ventilator, according to a message from her daughter. The family of the former American gymnast is requesting prayers as she suffers from a "rare" form of pneumonia.

Retton's daughter McKenna Kelley posted a statement on social media that said, "My amazing mom, Mary Lou, has a very rare form of pneumonia and is fighting for her life.

She cannot take a breath for herself. She's spent more than a week in the intensive care unit. I won't share every detail since I respect her and her privacy. I will say, though, that she is not insured."

Supporters are wishing for Retton. "Please join me in prayer for the American gymnastics icon Mary Lou Retton who is currently battling a rare life-threatening form of Pneumonia!" someone stated.

After winning five gold in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Retton rose to fame in the United States. She was the first female American to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics with her all-around performance.

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