Val managed to get through the finale performances — against producer wishes — before having to go to the hospital, where he was given stitches — 14 of them! Nine of the stitches were internal, five external.
Val (as well as his big bro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who was by his side the whole time) documented the injury on Twitter. We've collected the photos in this gallery, but be warned: They aren't for the faint of heart!
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