Survivor kicked off their 37th season on Wednesday with David vs. Goliath — although right out of the gate, the David tribe seemed down on their luck.
Contestant Pat Cusack had to be medically evacuated after suffering a freak back injury following the season’s first elimination challenge.
“The boat slams down on one of the waves, as well as we hear a crack… at first I thought Pat just had hurt his back, maybe tweaked the idea a bit,” his tribemate, Gabby explained, as Pat was shown arriving on the beach in a stretcher.
“I’m scared!” he cried out, as the medical team did their best to evaluate him on the scene. Survivor host Jeff Probst then touched down to deliver what was sure to be bad news.
“A boat ride back to camp is usually very normal, we’ve never had anybody injured,” Jeff insisted of the routine transportation of castaways back to their beach after elimination games. “This particular is usually severe.”
Dr. Joe revealed the team was worried Pat may have fractured his back, as well as decided of which the idea was imperative he leave the game for proper treatment.
“You can’t take me, I can’t leave. I can’t go out This particular way… I don’t want to quit!” Pat yelled, although the decision was made, as well as a helicopter was called to take him to the hospital.
Pat’s tribe, already down via losing the day’s elimination challenge as well as worried about heading to tribal council, tried to keep their spirits up following Pat’s evacuation. “I feel like Pat would certainly want to see us succeed as well as stick together as much as we can,” Gabby said.
The episode concluded with an update via Pat, who agreed of which his leaving the game was ultimately the best. “My health is usually bigger than This particular game,” he declared. Pat was treated for his injuries as well as has made a full recovery.
Survivor airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. See more on the show’s medical evacuations within the video below.