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Mary Lou Retton’s pneumonia: When does the infection become life-threatening? Experts share warning signs

Mary Lou Retton excelled against her competitors to win an Olympic gold medal in 1984 — but now the 55-year-old American gymnastics icon faces a more challenging opponent.

On a fundraising page earlier this month, Retton’s daughter, McKenna Kelley, wrote that her mother “has a very rare form of pneumonia and is fighting for her life,” adding that she had been in the ICU and was not able to breathe on her own.

Earlier this week, in the first update in four days, Shayla Kelley Schrepfer, another daughter of Retton’s, related that things seemed like they were headed “on the up and up” — but then they took a turn for the worse on Tuesday.

The CDC also recommended monitoring and treating any underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, as well as speaking with a health care provider about vaccinations to help prevent pneumonia.

Sarah Rumpf-Whitten contributed reporting.

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Amy McGorry is a contributing health writer for Fox News Digital. Follow her on Twitter @amymcgorry.

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