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Survivor: Samoa — Mike’s Medical Evacuation

September 25, 2009 02:17 PM by Ryan Haidet


Only a few days into the competition on Survivor: Samoa, and the medical team removed 62-year-old Mike Borassi from the game.  His blood pressure was far too low and the doctors on location felt it was too dangerous to leave him in the game.  In a conference call with reporters, Mike addressed his evacuation, the ever-evil Russell Hantz and the bathroom situation.  Not only that, but Mike reveals more information about how he was actually supposed to be on Survivor: Tocantins.

Blood Pressure Worries


Right after competing in the Immunity Challenge, host Jeff Probst had the medical team check up on Mike since he wasn’t looking so healthy.  “My blood pressure fell — I think it was 90 over 60 or 50, and it just wasn’t pumping blood to my extremities and head,” Mike said.  “But I was coming back.  An hour later after they took me away, I was fine.  I was having ice cream and laughing, joking around.  And I was ready to go back into the game.”

But the producers and doctors didn’t let him return. “They took the blood tests to check for a heart attack, but everything was negative.  Even the medics were saying, ‘You didn’t have a heart attack, you were just dehydrated.’  That’ll do it to ya.”


This wasn’t the first time Mike’s blood pressure had a negative impact on his Survivor stay.  He was originally picked to be a castaway on last season’s Survivor: Tocantins, but he was removed shortly before the game started.  “I was there right up until they were loading on the truck to start the game and they pulled me at the last second.”  But high blood pressure was the reason that time.  “My blood pressure was like 170 over 90 — I think that’s what Franklin Roosevelt’s was when he stroked out.  The adrenaline was pumping and I was 50 pounds heavier and they decided that everything was fixable.  So they said to me, ‘We’re going to bump you.’  And I said, ‘Do I have a choice?’  And they said, ‘Not really.’”  He was replaced by Spencer Duhm and Survivor: Tocantins went on without him.

But when he returned home, Mike got an operation to fix his issues with sleep apnea and lost 50 pounds.  So the producers decided to give him another shot — this time in Samoa.


Evil Russell

As it was with Coach Wade last season, nobody seems short of opinions of Russell Hantz who has already filled Samoa’s shores with lies and betrayals.  “Russell I thought, and I think now, I think he’s kind of a jerk and sleezy,” Mike said.  “But, I give him credit for being well planned and organized and knew what he wanted to do — and he did it.  He got us.”

Mike said one of the biggest surprises for him was a move Russell H. made during last night’s episode.  “I was surprised that Russell would even try to go after Jaison as an alliance.  I think Jaison might get outsmarted by this idiot, you know.  I wasn’t too surprised that he found the Idol ’cause he said, ‘I’m looking for it.’  I was surprised when I found out he was dumping the water.  That really pissed me off when I found out.  I was like, ‘Are you kidding me, man?’  I think if anybody caught him, he would’ve been out — if not dead.”


Mike also said he believes that Russell H. started playing the game long before he landed on the island.  “He was well organized and had his game planned.  I think he spent nights for months working out in his head what he was going to do.  He was very very good at executing his plan.”

The Tough Parts Of Survivor

Taking a look back at his experience, Mike said there really wasn’t anything easy about the game.  “I didn’t find anything easy to be honest with you.  It was a 1,000 times harder than I imagined.  From sleeping, eating, drinking, the bathroom, the challenges, being wet all the time — I didn’t find anything easy.”  But his two main issues were certainly dehydration and going to the bathroom.  “I should’ve remembered back when playing football in college.  Those times when they were always saying, ‘Drink.  Don’t get dehydrated, it’ll knock you out.’  That and the bathroom situation — not my cup of tea.  When I get a garden view, I’m pissed off.  I was not happy with that.  In fact in Brazil, I asked the doctor, ‘When we’re out there what do we do for toilet paper?’  And she said, ‘Well use a leaf, but be careful — don’t use this leaf, because it will kill you.  Or (use) your hand.’  I said, ‘What?’  She said, ‘Well they do it in India.’  I said, ‘Well remind me not to go to India.  And the leaf kills you?’  What a way to go.  What happened?  I wiped my ass and I died on Survivor.”


Images courtesy of Monty Brinton/CBS.

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