Tristan says after watching that show, he was positive something was lodged in his neck. "I didn't know if it was an infection or they might have left something in me," he says. "But I just knew something was wrong, and I needed them to check it out."
He shared this theory with doctors at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. When one of the doctors opened the wound, they found a piece of gauze nine inches long, Tristan says. Because of the location of the wound, Tristan says, a blood infection caused by that gauze could have been lethal.
"The doctors said it was a good thing I watched Oprah that day because it probably saved my life."