Pat Cusack (‘Survivor’ 37) exit interview: It was ‘tough to watch’ my medical evacuation on TV, but ‘I’m back to 100%’ [PODCAST]

Pat Cusack tells Gold Derby that seeing his medical evacuation play out on TV during the Season 37 premiere of “Survivor: David vs. Goliath” was “tough to watch.” Pat confesses that he has no recollection of his boat being struck by a wave and that he actually blacked out “from the time the accident happened until the time I woke up in a helicopter landing at a hospital.” The episode “kind of filled in a few of the gaps that I had,” he explains. Listen to the “Survivor” exit interview above.

“What everybody saw last night is pretty much all I have to go off of, even for myself,” Pat admits. “Seeing it all play out on the beach with Jeff Probst and the doctors and all my tribe mates, it was definitely very, very emotional.”

Pat says that since the event happened back in April, he’s made a complete recovery. “Through the rehab and through the physical therapy I’m back to 100%. Got all my clearances from the doctors and everything. No surgeries needed, so that’s a plus. Hopefully we get to go and embark on the adventure again and see if we can get a different turn-out and ultimately be standing there with a check for a million dollars.”

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As for the game itself, we asked Pat what he thought would have happened had his David tribe, which lost the immunity challenge, made the trip to tribal council. He divulges that there was a five-person group consisting of himself, Jessica Peet, Lyrsa Torres, Davie Rickenbacker and Carl Boudreaux and they were willing to pull in the nerds — Christian Hubicki and Gabby Pascuzzi — in order to get a numbers advantage. “Nick Wilson was the first on the chopping block,” he reveals. “The consensus was that he was just being a lazy bones around the shelter-building situation.”

Also in our “Survivor” podcast, Pat says that the Davids were definitely searching for immunity idols, but “not as blatantly as the Goliaths were.” He chats about how big of a “Survivor” fan he was prior to his experience, and he tells us who he’s personally rooting for to win Season 37.

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