Amy Van Dyken Accident – Watch : Paralyzed Olympic Swimmer Amy Can Walk

Updated: December 24, 2014
Amy Van Dyken Accident - Watch : Paralyzed Olympic Swimmer Amy Can Walk

Amy Van Dyken: Accident Changed Outlook and 2015 Will Be ‘Awesome’ – Here is one very important fact I have learned from ABC’s annual special, The Year: 2014, Amy Van Dyken is probably the most inspirational person I’ve ever seen. For those who may not be familiar with the story, Amy Van Dyken is the Olympic swimmer who became paralyzed after an ATV accident earlier this year was interviewed as part of ABC’s year-end review of the pop-culture, social, and political news of 2014.

“I do remember having dinner with Tom, and I remember standing up and pushing in my chair, and that’s where my memory ends,” Van Dyken said. “I have no idea what happened at all.”

Van Dyken was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where doctors told her she was paralyzed from the waist down and needed emergency surgery. Her injuries were so severe that Van Dyken said the surgeon told her to say her goodbyes to her husband before she went into surgery.

“They tell you that this is it, this is the line, right here, and you go, ‘OK, well, that’s the line. Well, let’s go ahead and be very businesslike about it,’ it was very odd,” Van Dyken said.

“But I looked at Tom and I said, ‘OK, I want you to know that I love you, but I want you to know that if I don’t come out of this, I want you to date again, and feel free to move on.’” she continued. “And he looked at me and said, ‘No, no, no, you’re getting through this, but if it’s ever too much for you, you can let go.’ And I looked at him and I thought, ‘Well that’s like a challenge, and so, don’t challenge me, I’m coming out of this sucker.’”