“I am absolutely devastated at my journey on Dancing With the Stars has to end this way,” she said from her hospital bed after her Sunday night surgery. “I found out that I have a throat abscess where my tonsils and throat had gotten so infected, it started permeating to the rest of the areas behind my neck and ears. I had to get emergency surgery, which is why I’m here now.”
Jeannie’s doctor revealed that her throat would have closed up if she had waited only one more day. Jeannie shared her final thoughts about her DWTS experience after the show rolled an emotional clip package in Jeannie’s honor.
“I’m just so thankful I had this experience on Dancing With the Stars. It was hands down one of the best journeys of my life so thank you so much. I love you guys,” she said.
Jeannie Mai took to Instagram before the show aired, to share the medical update.
“I would never imagine ever having to write this, but I made it safely out of my emergency surgery,” Jeannie wrote.
“I will be forever grateful to Dr. Nasseri who identified my potentially life-threatening condition,” she continued. “What simply started as a sore throat had unbeknownst to me become a dangerous infection that already closed at least 60% of my airway and resulted in a throat abscess that spread in a matter of 3 days.”
“Although I am grateful to be recovering safely, I can’t lie… I am devastated by the fact that my journey with #DWTS will end this way ??,” Jeannie added, sharing a photo of herself and her pro partner, Brandon Armstrong.
“Dancing on this show has been the most exhilarating adventure. I’ve gained both beautiful friendships and loving supporters,” Jeannie shared. “To my partner, @Brandonarmstrong, I’m sorry you don’t get to make fun of my moves anymore while I share my life gems on how to be a grown up?? Love u so much lil bro, and will ALWAYS cherish the memories we made!!!”
“My thumbs still work hunnay, so I can spread my 20 votes across these final 8 superstar teams!!! Please everyone, TONIGHT watch for your fave #DWTS couple killen it in the ballroom cuz #TeamDreamofJeannie, we gotta share our love and VOTE!!!” she concluded.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.