'Big Brother' houseguests rushed to hospital after slop reactions
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/25/2008
Big Brother's ninth season has provided another unprecedented moment for the long-running CBS show.
Big Brother: 'Til Death Do You Part houseguests Amanda Hansen and Allison Nichols were both rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Friday after suffering unrelated illnesses that stemmed from eating the show's "slop" food mixture, the New York Daily Newsreported Sunday.
Hansen, a 23-year-old paralegal from Fridley, MN who is hypoglycemic, fainted and appeared to suffer a seizure due to a lack of sugar; while Nichols, a 28-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative from Boston, MA, experienced an allergic reaction to something she ate.
Hansen's fainting and subsequent seizure was captured by Big Brother's live 24/7 Internet feeds.
She then hunched over, walked a few more feet, and collapsed face first.
"Are you serious?! Amanda?" said Cunia before running for help.
As several of the other houseguests tried to get the attention of producers, Hansen began to experience a seizure and the live feed was dropped.
Unbelievably, Nichols was suffering a severe allergic reaction to something she ate at the same time that Hansen was having her medical problem, the Daily News reported. The allergic reaction -- which occurred off-camera -- caused Nichols' lips to swell.
"My throat completely closed," Nichols explained upon returning. "I had an allergic reaction."
Hansen and Nichols were both treated in the Big Brother house by paramedics before being taken to the hospital where they were checked by doctors, the Daily News reported.
"They both chose to return to the game after receiving medical clearance," CBS said in statement, according to the Daily News. "Their medical conditions and course of treatment will continue to be monitored."
Big Brother first introduced "slop" during the show's Summer 2006Big Brother: All-Stars seventh edition. Houseguests who lose a weekly food challenge are required to only eat "slop" until the next food challenge.
Big Brother's U.S. edition had already experienced another first during the show's currently airing ninth season.