Doctors discovered a “potentially life-threatening” health condition with Mai’s throat, which required “immediate attention and surgery”.
The diagnosis was piglottitis, an inflammatory condition that can cause swelling and block airflow to the lungs.
Mai, who is the co-host of US daytime show The Real, “made it safely out of [her] emergency surgery” and updated her fans on her health in an Instagram post.
“What simply started as a sore throat had unbeknownst to me become a dangerous infection that already closed at least 60 per cent of my airway and resulted in a throat abscess that spread in a matter of three days,” Mai, 41, wrote.
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I would never imagine ever having to write this, but I made it safely out of my emergency surgery. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Nasseri who identified my potentially life-threatening condition. 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 🥺😞 Dancing on this show has been the most exhilarating adventure. I've gained both beautiful friendships and loving supporters. To my partner, @Brandonarmstrong, I’m sorry you don't get to make fun of my moves anymore while I gift you life gems on how to be a grown up🤭🤪 Love u so much lil bro, and will ALWAYS cherish the memories we made!!! And more good news? 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!!! #TeamReachForTheSkai #TeamSellingIt #TeamLOCOmotion #TeamBriJo #TeamWillYouAcceptThisDance #TeamPrettyMessedUp #TeamBeNeevers #TeamDaNelly LEGGGGGO💯‼
“Dancing on this show has been the most exhilarating adventure,” Mai added, thanking her professional partner Brandon Armstrong.
“I’m sorry you don’t get to make fun of my moves anymore while I gift you life gems on how to be a grown up,” she added. “I will ALWAYS cherish the memories we made.”
Dancing With the Stars, which is the US version of BBC series Strictly Come Dancing, is on its 29th season.
This year’s contestants include Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean, Catfish star Nev Schulman and rapper Nelly.
Contestants who have already been eliminated from the competition include Netflix stars Carole Baskin (Tiger King), Monica Adalma (Cheer) and Crishelle Stause (Selling Sunset).