The Secret Life of the American Teenager star was busy gearing up for his recent wedding to actress Aviva Farber when he began suffering intense pain in his abdomen.
His doctor discovered a life-threatening abscess in his leg and a tear in his intestines, both requiring immediate surgery.
The young star tells People magazine, “I made my mom and my wife-to-be sit down with me, and we talked about what would happen if I died. I’d never been afraid of death, but that was tough.”
The 22 year old lost 20 pounds (9 kilograms) after the successful procedure and Baumann insists he now has his symptoms under control and is working on maintaining a positive outlook.
During an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Wednesday (18Jul12), he said, “Even if you’re in pain, if you try desperately to keep a sense of humour, it works.”