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Amy Van Dyken-Rouen: Paralyzed swimmer walks for first time with bionic legs

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Paralyzed swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is walking for the first time with the help of bionic legs since an ATV accident in June.

The accident left Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, 41, paralyzed from the waist down.

Paralyzed swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is walking for the first time with the help of bionic legs

Paralyzed swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is walking for the first time with the help of bionic legs

The Olympic champion, who said she felt “1,000 times better” after being released from a Colorado rehabilitation hospital last week, documented her first time standing and walking with the aid of a walker and leg devices Thursday on her Instagram account.

“Standing up for the first time on my own in 2 1/2 months,” Amy Van Dyken-Rouen captioned on the photo.

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was paralyzed from the T11-12 vertebrae down after being thrown from an ATV in Arizona on June 6, though she has since said that she’s felt movement below her belly button and hopes to regain feeling in her legs some day.

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