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Dean Ambrose says he 'nearly died' from staph infection

Dean Ambrose has opened up about his recovery from a torn triceps, saying an infection following the initial surgery nearly killed him.

Ambrose talked to Greg Luca of The Monitor ahead of a WWE house show in Edinburg, Texas tonight. During the interview, he talked about a check-up following his first surgery to repair a torn triceps. Doctors initially told Ambrose that there traces of an infection during the surgery, but were able to clean things up. During a check-up a few weeks later, problems started to emerge.

“I thought I was just going to turn right back around and get on a plane and go home, and they were like, ‘No, you have to go in again for surgery like right now.’” he recalled. “I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ I had just kind of got through all of the stitches and all of that stuff. It was a giant mess.”

Ambrose ended up having MRSA, a serious staph infection. What was initially diagnosed as a six month recovery period turned into eight as he went in for a second surgery to remove the infection.

“As soon as I got out of the second [surgery], I was flying home, grabbing my dog, turned right back around, got in the truck and drove to Birmingham” he said. “I just stayed there for two and a half or three months until they felt like I was pretty good. Once the MRSA really got out of my system, I was working out twice a day. Rehabbing twice a day on top of that in Birmingham. Doing everything possible to try to get my arm working again, and once I started to come back, I started to make a lot of progress over the summer. So I’m feeling good now.”

Since returning to WWE last month, Ambrose was reunited himself with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns as the Shield. He, along with Seth Rollins, will challenge Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre for the Raw tag team titles this Sunday at Hell in a Cell.