Transcript for Olympian Faces Paralysis after ATV Accident
with the latest on six-time olympic gold medalist, Amy van dyken. She remains in the hospital after crashing on an all-terrain vehicle. Clayton Sandell has more on her condition and important information on atvs. Reporter: This morning, Amy van dyken is facing paralysis, recovering in the intensive care unit at a Scottsdale area hospital, after her spinal cord was severed. The six-time olympic gold medal swimmer crashed riding an atv. The 41-year-old posting and removing this photo to instagram Tuesday, with the caption, making progress. First day I sat up. Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers. Van dyken's ruined atv launched over a curb Friday night, tumbling down an embankment. She was found conscious but with no feeling in her legs. She is an avid atv rider. In this instagram photo last year saying, this is how everyone gets around. Police ruled out alcohol as a factor. But say, she was not wearing a helmet. Wearing all of the protective gear when riding an atv is important. But most importantly, is a helmet designed for riding offroad. Reporter: In 2012, there were more than 107,000 injuries preted in emergency rooms. And more than 12,000 atv-related deaths between 1982 and 2012. Accidents peak in June. In just the last ten days, reports of at least five people dead and six injured. Experts are urging riders to remember the golden rules of the offroad. Staying on the trails. And that you're riding the right sized atv. And never combining riding atvs and alcohol or drug use. And never ride passenger on the back of your atv if it's designed for one rider. Reporter: As for van dyken, her family says she is a fighter. Optimistic and ready for the challenge of a life-changing battle. For "Good morning America," Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Denver. So glad she is going to be okay. Doing much better.
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