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Amy Van Dyken-Rouen stands, walks with assistance for first time since accident (video)

Aug 21, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

Six-time Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen stood up on her own and walked with the aid of a walker and a device attached to her legs and midsection Thursday, showing more progress in recovery from her ATV accident June 6.

The device was an Indego exoskeleton, Van Dyken-Rouen confirmed on Twitter.

Van Dyken-Rouen severed her spine in the ATV accident. She was released from a Colorado hospital last Thursday, when she said she felt “1,000 times better.”

Van Dyken-Rouen, 41, said she felt sporadic movement below her belly button in an interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer aired June 27, giving her some hope she may regain some feelings in her legs one day.

Standing up for the first time on my own in 2 1/2 months.

A video posted by Amy Van Dyken (@amyvandyken) on

Here it is…I'm WALKING!!! #onestepatatime #itcouldhappen

A video posted by Amy Van Dyken (@amyvandyken) on

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*Correction: An earlier version of this story said Van Dyken-Rouen walked with the aid of a walker and failed to mention the device attached to her legs.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 22, 2014 at 3:31 AM

    Good luck Amy!

  2. rajbais - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    God bless her!!!

    My support will always be with one of the nicest people from athletics and sports.

  3. entitymn - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Further correction, via her twitter:
    I want everyone to know.. I was NOT walking at all under my own power. I was using a type of #exoskeleton it was not me moving it!

    Still happy to see that she can do that though. We have the technology… 😀

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