Amy Van Dyken-Rouen confirms she is paralyzed after ATV crash in Arizona

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Olympic gold-medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen confirmed Friday that she is paralyzed, but said she doesn't need another surgery.

"I just heard a rumor that I'm not paralyzed anymore.Sorry 2 say,it is NOT true. Please don't listen to misinformation. Sorry some1 said that," Van Dyken-Rouen wrote on Twitter.

The Denver Post reported that Van Dyken-Rouen's husband, former Broncos punter Tom Rouen, told them Wednesday that the family didn't know if Amy would be paralyzed.

"We're not sure yet," Rouen said. "We're going to take it day by day. Whatever challenges come up, we'll meet them and address."

Van Dyken-Rouen also tweeted Friday that she doesn't need another surgery.

"Happy Friday! No more surgeries for this girl," Van Dyken-Rouen tweeted.

She included a photo of herself with Fruit Loops and said, "So I celebrate with Froot Loops... SHHH, don't tell!"

After the crash, Van Dyken-Rouen's family told Swimming World Magazine, "Amy's spinal cord was completely severed at the T11 vertebrae, but, miraculously, a broken vertebrae stopped within millimeters of rupturing her aorta, and she did not suffer any head trauma."

Van Dyken-Rouen tweeted Thursday morning that she was told her spinal cord was severed, and that she got an MRI to confirm the details.

"Was in MRI until 4:00am today (started at 11:30pm) did whole spine and brain, and so far, so good. Yes, I have a brain! LOL #BabySteps," Van Dyken-Rouen wrote on Twitter.

Van Dyken-Rouen plans to return to Colorado next week to do her rehabilitation work at Craig Hospital.

"I'll be doing my rehab at #CragiHospital in Denver. Taking @angel_medflight there. I'll video it all 4 U2 C," Van Dyken-Rouen wrote.

Despite being paralyzed, Van Dyken-Rouen has had a great attitude.

She tweeted about going to Craig Hospital, "Will be great to learn everything I need for my "new life."

-- ATV crash--

A report by the Show Low Police Department said the ATV that Van Dyken-Rouen was driving hit a curb in a restaurant parking lot and sent her over a drop-off between 5 to 7 feet.

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