Bachelorette Alum Cam Ayala Undergoes Leg Amputation Surgery Amid Lymphedema Battle

Bachelor education To land Cam Ayala revealed he recently had his right leg amputated after a lifelong battle with lymphedema.

On Friday, the 32-year-old reality star, who competed in season 15 of the bachelorette and season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise, posted several videos and photos after the surgery, including those where he is seen using a walker in the hallways of Texas Medical Center. After he walks back into his room, you hear a friend cheering on Cam and saying:

“Great job, dude.”

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The television personality, who called herself “CAMputee,” also captioned the post:

“I have to draw BROMENTUM with @b.rapp.”

For those who didn’t know, his leg amputation comes nearly 20 years after he was first diagnosed with lymphedema. According to the Mayo ClinicLymphedema occurs when the tissue swells due to a buildup of fluid that is normally drained from the body’s lymphatic system. While it most commonly affects the arms or legs, it can also appear in the chest wall, abdomen, neck, and genitals.

Cam first opened up to fans that he was diagnosed with the condition in December 2018, writing further Instagram

“This is something I’ve never been public about because I never wanted sympathy or people to feel sorry for me. In 2002, I was officially diagnosed with #lymphedema, a non-curable condition that is often misdiagnosed and completely underreported by medical professionals around the world. [world] I was told by dozens of doctors and ‘specialists’ that I would never be able to compete in competitive sports and that I would have to deal with this condition for the rest of my life.”

He continued:

“After visiting more than 20 clinics, I was finally given some treatment options. Manual lymphatic drainage massage, leg pumps and custom compression garments gave me a second chance to lead a ‘normal’ life again. This did not come [without] countless nights of excruciating pain, swelling and mental pain. With the support of my family, friends and music, I stopped focusing on my setbacks and started prioritizing the blessings I often took for granted.”

Years after his diagnosis, Cam shared in the post that he contracted an infection in his right knee in 2014. This led to “13 surgical procedures” and that “the only consensus the doctors came up with was… amputation.” At the time, he admitted the idea of ​​losing his leg left him with “crippling fear and anxiety.” But doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital did a diagnostic procedure that saved his leg from amputation in December 2016.

Now it appears that Cam remains positive about the proceedings. We wish him nothing but the best when he recovers!!

[Image via Cam Ayala/Instagram, Bachelor Nation/YouTube]