ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen arrived at Craig Hospital Wednesday afternoon to begin extensive rehabilitation for her severed spine.
Van Dyken-Rouen, 41, will be transported to medical facility, which specializes in spinal cord injury recovery, by Angel MedFlight, Craig Hospital said in a release.
She will join about 40 other patients with similar injuries hailing from across the nation in the hospital’s specialized rehab program, the hospital added.
Van Dyken-Rouen was airlifted to the hospital after being injured in an ATV accident in Show Low, which is about 180 miles from Phoenix in the eastern part of Arizona.
According to a report, Show Low Police were dispatched to Torreon Golf Club just before 8 p.m. June 6 after receiving a 911 call. Van Dyken-Rouen was conscious, but having trouble breathing and without feeling in her legs.
A witness said Van Dyken-Rouen, who was not wearing a helmet, was seen on an ATV going through a parking lot and launched over a curb. The witness said he ran to Van Dyken-Rouen and found her unresponsive.
Police said Tom Rouen told them he recently changed the throttle mechanism on the ATV from a thumb accelerator to a twist accelerator. There was no evidence of alcohol being a factor and no charges were filed.
Van Dyken-Rouen is a radio talk show host in the Phoenix market and is a former national sports radio host on Fox Sports Radio.