‘Survivor’ castoff Terry Deitz on son’s heart transplant: ‘It’s pumping like a champ’ (Podcast)

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“Danny is doing fine. He is progressing really well,” says fan-favorite Terry Deitz, who withdrew from “Survivor: Second Chance” Wednesday night to be at his son’s bedside. “It’s been about a month and a half now that he’s got the new heart and it’s pumping like a champ.” Listen to our exit interview below and then make your “Survivor” predictions for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so get started by scrolling down to predict which castaway will be kicked off the island next.

Who will win ‘Survivor: Second Chance’? See exclusive predictions

“We are lucky to have our son home,” Terry continues. “I am more than blessed to give him his second chance. How ironic is that?”

According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from the predictions made by contest entrants like you, Terry was predicted to go home with 9/2 odds (18% chance), though he withdrew instead of being voted out at Tribal Council. Click on the chart to the right for up-to-date “Survivor” odds and rankings.

What was it like watching his cast mates’ reactions on TV for the first time? “Oh my gosh, how great was that? And they’ve all been in touch. I mean, Jeremy Collins even came and visited me at Boston Children’s when he got home. And you really saw it with Andrew Savage, Kass McQuillen and Ciera Eastin — they’ve got little kids at home. Any time it hits the family, any time it hits the support group that allows you and makes the sacrifice for you to go out there, it starts to get emotional.”

Also in our chat, Terry talks about how he thinks Kelley Wentworth will make it far in the game, what it was like bonding with Abi-Maria Gomes and whether he’d be interested in having a third chance at playing “Survivor.” Scroll down to listen to our complete Q&A.

Check out the overall Season 31 leaderboard to the right. Currently our #1 “Survivor” predictor is Eeric with overall 89% accuracy and 26,201 points, but there are still many weeks left to play in our contest and be eligible to win our weekly and overall season prizes. See our contest rules here and don’t forget to update YOUR predictions here.

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