Katie Hnida, a former University of Colorado football player and the first woman to score points in a major college football game, is continuing to recover after a serious medical episode earlier this year.

A post on Hnida's Twitter account from Thursday stated that she was taken back to the hospital once in November and has had an infection that required antibiotics, but she has fought it off. The former kicker also is going to "lots of doctor appointments" and getting lots of "lab work and rest as her kidneys, liver and bone marrow continue to heal."

Hnida was prescribed antibiotics in September and fell seriously ill a few days later. Her kidneys and liver began shutting down, and her bone marrow stopped functioning properly.

"Her recovery will continue to take time," the Thursday tweet stated. "Her doctors have recommended she cancel all spring speaking engagements as well as her trainings and seminars."

Hnida was a walk-on place kicker for CU before she left for the University of New Mexico in 2002, where she became the first woman to score points in a Division I football game.

In 2004, Hnida came forward with an allegation that a fellow CU teammate raped her. The allegation came during a scandal at CU that erupted after three women sued the university alleging that the institution fostered an environment that allowed them to be raped at or just after a 2001 party attended by football players and recruits.


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Hnida was not a student when the other alleged assaults occurred, but she made her story known because she felt it was pertinent to the larger scandal.

Since her time as a football player, Hnida has become an advocate for sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse survivors. She does most of her work through nonprofits and dedicates time to counseling for survivors of trauma.

A gofundme page set up for Hnida had raised nearly $60,000 as of Friday evening.

John Bear: 303-473-1355, bearj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/johnbearwithme