Isabel considered leaving Survivor NZ
Only days into the show, Isabel Pearson considered leaving Survivor New Zealand.
The 30-year-old oil steward, who has worked as rubbish truck driver and competed as a beauty queen, became sick as soon as she arrived on the beach in Nicaragua. By day two she could barely move as a bug took hold.
Pearson left the game during episode seven, on Sunday night, after losing a challenge against Georgia Bergerson. Without an alliance to support her, she had no chance of surviving Tribal Council.
The illness started to take hold on day one, as the contestants competed in their first challenge for good, she said. From there, it only got worse.
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"It was the worst sickness I've felt in a long time and when you've got that suffocating heat," Pearson said.
When it looked like she mightn't be able to recover, Pearson said she started to consider leaving the game.
"There was a moment that I was really worried about my health, just because I couldn't get any liquids down and was becoming dehydrated."
A few days later, Pearson said, she was in the clear. The jungle bug was short lived, and she was back competing in good health.
Early in the game Pearson made enemies as she stole goods from the other team during a challenge, but in the end, she said it was all OK. Living rough had been an experience, she said, and there were no hard feelings with any of the players.