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JJ Chalmers was injured in an explosion in Afghanistan during his time as a Royal Marine. And because of his Strictly Come Dancing training with Amy Dowden an infection in his leg has flared up. The TV presenter revealed he will undergo surgery as soon as his time on BBC’s Strictly comes to an end to remove the shrapnel.
The former Royal Marine explained his body is full of shrapnel from the explosion in Afghanistan.
The materials can sit dormant in JJ’s body for years without any issues but can become infected if exacerbated.
JJ revealed: “It can be the physical exertion or it could be the exhaustion.
“Unfortunately, what it does is it looks for the quickest way up to the surface of your skin, which is where the scar is.”
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“So it’s about a six-inch scar that’s pretty inflamed. It’s a very tender, stinging pain,” JJ continued.
“When Amy presses up against it, it’s not a very nice thing to poke at.
“As far as my surgeon’s concerned, this thing needs to get taken out of my leg.
“If we’d had the time, it would’ve been done by now, especially when it first flared up.”
“But this is the situation. Life gets in the way, and that’s a great thing,” JJ told The Sun.
The TV presenter confirmed he would be undergoing surgery in January to remove the shrapnel.
Last month, JJ revealed he’d been secretly battling an infection during his time on Strictly.
Explaining why symptoms flared up, he told The One Show: “Your immune system dips a bit and that’s when it decides it’s not happy to be there.
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“So it’s infected one of the scars in my leg but I put up with it at the beginning of the competition.”
Last week, JJ and Amy performed the Viennese Waltz and the presenter explained the close-contact of the dance exacerbated the problem.
“Viennese Waltz this week so there’s a lot of close body contact but as alarming as it sounds it’s not unusual,” he continued.
“You just have to live it, it’s the side effect of being alive.”
On Saturday the Strictly couple performed a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang inspired Charleston.
The pair failed to impress the judges and found themselves the bottom of the leaderboard with 20 points.
JJ and Amy have yet to find themselves in the dance-off so far in the competition but will the public save them from elimination?
Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight on BBC One at 7.30pm.
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