‘Survivor’ Alum Shares Near-Death Experience

“Survivor” alum Alec Merlino just lately shared that he had a near-death expertise whereas touring overseas. Alec appeared on season 37 of “Survivor,” generally known as “David vs. Goliath,” in 2018. He was a member of the Goliath tribe and was voted out on day 28 of the competitors.

Alec Had a Near-Death Experience

On November 18, 2021, Alec shared a video on his YouTube channel titled, “THE DAY I ALMOST DIED…(SICK AND ALONE).” In the video, Alec informed followers he was identified with a severe sickness whereas touring in Cambodia.

The “Survivor” alum left for a six-month journey to Southeast Asia after receiving just one dose of the mandatory vaccines. In the video, he defined it is really helpful to obtain a second dose earlier than touring.

He informed followers he was keen to take the danger, stating, “Well, I’d as properly simply get the whole lot, and if I get sick, I get sick.”

Alec stated that sooner or later after a number of months of touring, he began to really feel sick.

“I do not know should you guys have ever had that feeling the place you realize you are about to get sick. You can really feel it in your physique,” he stated within the video.

Alec informed his YouTube subscribers that he began to really feel feverish and was mendacity in his mattress when his mother known as. He defined his signs to her. His mother bought in contact with the proprietor of the hostel Alec was staying at, and shortly after somebody confirmed up at his door to take him to the hospital.

He shared his expertise on the hospital within the video, stating, “I’m on this room on my own. They’re doing extra bloodwork. They’ve bought IVs moving into me. Two IVs dripping in me. I’m type of freaking out. I’m like holy crap. I’ve no telephone. I’ve no connection to anybody.”

Alec informed followers that a health care provider got here into his room and stated his white blood cell account was irregular.

“[My] white blood cell depend was at 27-28 thousand. Normal white blood cell depend is meant to be at 4-6 thousand,” he stated. “When you have got that many white blood cells, it is preventing one thing gnarly.”

It seems Alec had typhoid fever. According to the CDC, Typhoid fever is a life-threatening sickness attributable to micro organism. It is most typical in elements of the world the place meals and water could also be contaminated, and sanitation is poor.

Alec informed followers that the expertise was scary given the loss of life charge statistics.

“Typhoid fever, if you do not have correct care, [the] likelihood of loss of life, is 30-33%,” he defined.

Alec stated he’s fortunate his mother checked up on him. “Damn, what if I had by no means known as my mother and informed her I used to be sick. What if I went to mattress and my fever bought gnarly. Could I’ve died? Probably,” Alec stated within the video.

Alec Ran an Ironman

In a November 2021 YouTube video, Alec shared with subscribers his expertise operating his first ironman.

In the video, he recapped operating the triathlon. He broke down the totally different parts of the race, sharing with followers his approach throughout the swimming, biking, and operating parts of the race.

He additionally shared that he plans to run extra triathlons sooner or later.

“I’m going to take these triathlons extraordinarily significantly. Keep my diet completely on level. I’m gonna be coaching actually laborious,” he stated within the video. “I’ve 4 ironmans, possibly 5 within the yr of 2022.”


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