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Survivor challenge ends in medical emergency

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[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance.]

Survivor players and viewers got a huge scare Wednesday night when one of the contestants collapsed in the middle of the immunity challenge on Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance.

Joe Anglim was battling Keith Nale for immunity when he suddenly dropped unconscious to the ground. Joe and Keith had spent 80 minutes in the Cambodian heat balancing statues on poles they had to hold up. Out of nowhere, Joe collapsed, and doctors, cameramen, and contestants all rushed toward him.

He remained unconscious while the Survivor medical team attended to him, but he eventually came to, after which a doctor (also named Joe) told host Jeff Probst, “He’s used up all his energy stores in the last hour. Basically, his blood sugar’s come down to the point where he’s not able to support himself.”

“My legs went numb,” said the contestant of the blackout. “I just want it so bad. I love this game. I want to play it as hard as I can.”

While the incident was scary and brought to mind similar instances — like Bobby Jon Drinkard in Survivor: Guatemala, Boston Rob Mariano in the Heroes vs. Villains season, and most famously, Russell Swan in Survivor: Samoa — Joe was able to continue in the game after being cleared by medical. But not for long.

Proving once again that Survivor contestants show no mercy, Joe was then voted out that night as the rest of the tribe considered him too dangerous a competitor to keep in the game.

My full recap will be up at midnight, and we also will have Jeff Probst’s reaction to the incident, but you can sound off right here with your thoughts on the medical emergency and Joe’s ouster. And check out some exclusive videos above, including my pre-game chat with Joe and star-studded episodes of Survivor Talk

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