Amy Van Dyken ‘Going to Get Through It’

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The six-time Olympic Gold medalist swimmer who severed her spinal cord in an ATV crash says the surgeon told her to say her goodbyes to her husband after the crash.

“There’s a good chance I wasn’t going to make it out of surgery,” Amy Van Dyken-Rouen said Wednesday. “I looked at my husband and basically said, ‘I love you, goodbye, please continue on with your life.’”

Her husband, former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, said her injuries were so severe that he was telling her to go on, if she needed to.

“She was saying, ‘Hey, if I don’t make it I want you to move on,’ but I was saying, ‘Hey, if it’s too much and you have to go, then go.'”

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