To arrive on the tropical island, contestants had to swim from the boat to land on the beach.Campbell had to pull her false leg in a box behind her as she swam to the shore.While her steely grit saw her triumph in the first part of the show, she was eventually forced to quit because of her war injury.
“It was clear I could not go on.” The pain she suffered became too “immense” and the Channel 4 show bosses decided to pull her out.“As I was carried down the beach and on to a speedboat, I couldn’t stop crying.I really wanted to finish and I wasn’t able to because of my leg,” she said. For someone like me, who has tried so hard to overcome it, that was a harsh thing to confront.” Campbell was taken to a private hospital in Panama and was diagnosed with bursistis – which is a chronic inflammation on her amputated leg.Having lost her leg in the Iraq war, veteran Hannah Campbell, expected that Bear Gryll’s new show The Island to be a challenge, but she was left struggling to breathe after suffering from a post-traumatic stress episode.Hannah, 31, has opened up about how she was forced to leave the show after suffering a number of setbacks while taking part in the show.
A huge tropical thunderstorm left her body on edge after being put in ‘panic mode’, awakening all of her memories from war.
Hannah, who felt as if she was jolted back to the horrific mortar attack in Basra in 2007, revealed how “every panic response in (her) body was triggered”.
“I couldn’t control myself – I started shaking, felt sick and was sweating.
As the booms kept coming, I was taken back to Iraq and had to tell myself, ‘Don’t lose it’,” she said.
“I was overcome with emotion, I felt utter shame that I was a grown woman terrified of a storm.
I tried to hide it but I was crying, my heart was pounding and I couldn’t breathe.” Campbell, a divorced mother of two, went through severe trauma after losing her leg as she suffered serious shrapnel wounds to her body and face.