Legendary pro wrestler Jimmy Rave revealed he had to have both legs amputated after a recurring case of MRSA — just months after his retirement because the staph infection forced doctors to amputate one of his arms.
Jimmy Rave, 38, tweeted a shocking photo of the professional wrestler lying in his hospital bed with both legs and his left arm removed as he was again diagnosed with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – a bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotics.
‘I have a history’ [with] this and would often cancel shows due to this condition,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“I went out all the time so as not to reveal my legs because of this embarrassment.”
Jimmy Rave, 38, revealed on Twitter on Sunday that both his legs had been amputated after he contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — an antibiotic-resistant staph infection usually found in hospitals — in both legs.
The former professional wrestler is best known for his work on the Ring Of Honor, a live show that showcases best-in-ring action and new styles “developed by fresh young stars of wrestling, mixed martial arts and high- to fly’
The Life-Threatening Staph Infection Resistant To Treatment: What Is MRSA?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to several commonly used antibiotics, making it particularly difficult to treat.
Catching the infection early can help prevent it from spreading and infecting others.
About 30 percent of people carry the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria even in their nose, armpits, groin or buttocks without realizing it.
This can enter the body’s bloodstream and release toxic toxins that kill up to a fifth of infected patients.
MRSA is usually associated with hospitals.
Current screening methods are not only highly drug resistant, but are also quite inaccurate, allowing the infection to spread as a patient moves both inside and outside hospitals.
Even when the infection is successfully treated, it doubles the average length of a patient’s hospital stay and increases healthcare costs.
The WHO recently classified MRSA as a high priority on its list for research and development of new drugs.
Last December, Rave announced on his Instagram that he was ending his pro wrestling career due to his left arm amputation.
“I have been very blessed with professional wrestling for the past 21 years and have been able to fulfill my dream. Today that dream has ended for me and I have a new reality,” he wrote on Instagram on December 10, 2020.
‘This message Tuesday’ [December 8]My world came crashing down when doctors found an infection in my left arm. I tried to fight it out, but by the time I saw a doctor it was too late and they had to amputate my left arm above the elbow.”
About 30 percent of people carry staph infections — even in their nose, armpits, groin, or butt without realizing it — but health officials say MRSA affects about two in 100 people.
Athletes and those who receive inpatient medical care or have surgery or medical devices inserted into their bodies are at higher risk for MRSA infection.
If left untreated, the infection can enter the body’s bloodstream and release toxic toxins that kill up to a fifth of infected patients.
Pro wrestler Romain Vezirian wrote: “I hate that this happened to you. From being a huge fan of yours to sharing the ring with you remains the pinnacle of my career. We’re all rooting for you.’
Another pro, Jeremy Vain, also wrote words of encouragement to Rave: “Brother, you have done so much to help so many people, including me, who had nothing to do with wrestling. I hope you know that I pray that you remember your ability to help others. You did it before, now it just does it a different way. I love you husband. #Changes.’
Rave claimed he withheld knowledge about his legs because of a “grace” and that “false things” were being spread that the pro was suffering from “something else.”
A few days before posting the photo of him lying in his hospital bed, the wrestler had posted a hospital bill of more than $100,000, with room and board costing the retired star $52,500 alone, and asked his fans for help with the expenses.
Rave posted an astonishing $103,000 medical bill on Twitter last week, asking his fans for help
Rave himself was “stunned” by the shocking $103,314.77 bill for therapy, lab work, pharmacy fees, room and board, and the alleged $8.50 a day to “use the 20-channel TV.”
Other professional wrestlers gathered around the star, many begging their own followers to “help if you can.”
“I’m really sorry this happened to you, you’ve never let any of us down and you’re an inspiration to all of us. The amount of things I have stolen from your work or knowledge that you have given and quoted to others is priceless,” wrote fellow pro wrestler Toby Farley.
“I don’t know where the rumors started, this was because of something else but I hadn’t been to shows in so long,” he wrote on Twitter. “Pro Wrestling is everything I’ve ever loved. It sucks to think that the tribe I would have died for would say untrue things about me.’
A GoFundMe page was set up to help Rave after his arm was amputated in 2020, and several new donations have poured in following his recent announcement.
So far, the page has raised $16,115 of its $20,000 goal.
Rave was best known for his work with the Ring Of Honor – a live show featuring the best-in-ring action and new styles “developed by fresh, young stars that include wrestling, mixed martial arts and high-flying.” ‘
The former pro wrestler announced on his Instagram that he was retiring from the sport due to the amputation of his left arm in December 2020. He lost his arm to the same disease.
Many other pro wrestlers showed him love and support on Twitter, saying he was an inspiration and that they “rooted” him