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'Bachelor in Paradise' Star Cam Ayala Undergoes Leg Amputation Amid Battle with Lymphedema

“Gotta lotta BROMENTUM with @b.rapp #amputee #CAMputee #FAITHoverFEAR 🙏🏽✝️” Cam wrote on Instagram along with a photo of himself smiling in a hospital bed while getting a visit from a friend.

Cam also shared a video of himself using a walker with the help of doctors and nurses as he walks back to his room.

“Good job,” a friend can be heard saying to Cam after he reaches his room.

Cam publicly announced back in 2018 that he has been battling lymphedema, which occurs when tissue swells as a result of a build-up of fluid that is usually drained through the body’s lymphatic system, according to The Mayo Clinic.

In the post, Cam said that he was first diagnosed in 2002, but never wanted to make it public “because I never wanted sympathy or for people to feel sorry for me.”

“In 2002 I was officially diagnosed with #lymphedema a non-curable condition that is often misdiagnosed and completely understudied by medical professionals across the [world],” Cam wrote on Instagram at the time. “I was told by dozens of doctors and ‘Specialists’ that I would never be able to play competitive sports and that I would have to manage this condition for the rest of my life.”

More than a decade after the diagnosis, Cam revealed that he suffered an infection in his right knee in 2014, which led to “13 surgical procedures” and that “the only consensus that the doctors came to was….amputation.”

At the time, Cam admitted that the thought of losing his leg gave him “crippling fear and anxiety.” Ultimately, doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital performed a diagnostic procedure that saved Cam‘s leg from amputation in December 2016.

Cam has also had several other procedures done on his right leg over the years, but he’s taken them all with stride and optimism.

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