ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Colorado Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen celebrated a major milestone in her recovery Thursday when she was discharged from Craig Hospital.
More than two months after the accident that left her paralyzed, Van Dyken-Rouen came out of Craig Hospital. The six-time Olympic gold-medalist has been in good spirits even while facing the toughest challenge of her life.
"I'm a better person than before the injury," she said at a news conference.
She severed her spine in an ATV accident in Arizona on June 6. Two weeks later, she came to Craig Hospital to start extensive rehabilitation. And Thursday, she said goodbye to doctors and fellow patients.
It was an emotional time for her as she teared up at times during the visit with the press.
Through social media and in many other ways, Van Dyken-Rouen has kept her fans updated along the way. Her incredible attitude has shined a positive light on an experience that is unbelievably difficult for her, or anyone who must face such a life-changing ordeal.
As part of her rehab, water has played a big part, and doctors took her to Cherry Creek Reservoir last week. While she'll live the rest of her life with an injury, Van Dyken-Rouen knows it could have been worse.
She plans to spend some time vacationing before heading back to Arizona where she will continue her recovery. She says she will be back to Craig Hospital from time to time for some outpatient treatment.