Jeannie Mai Will Return for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Finale Following Emergency Surgery

Jeannie Mai will return for Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” finale after being forced to withdraw from the show in early November after being hospitalized and diagnosed with epiglottitis, her reps confirm to TheWrap exclusively.

Epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening condition where the tissue protecting the windpipe becomes inflamed. Mai learned that 60% of her airway had closed and she had developed a dangerous throat abscess.

“It saddens me that I will not be able to continue with the competition on DWTS. My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery,” Mai wrote in a statement at the time.

 

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