After a short expedition with Karine, Ledward had asked for a break in order to urinate. However, instead, he had designated this period of time for resting. While walking away from Karine, Ledward lit a cigarette and trampled over the Neomorph spores. Once he had sat down on a tree stump, several airborne particles enter his ear unnoticed. The particles move through his ear canal and penetrate through the bottom of it, causing Ledward to feel irritated.
A while later, Ledward felt sick and Karine had decided to take him back to the drop ship for an emergency check up. After Ledward's struggle, Karine and Ledward make it to the sick bay where Maggie rips open the back of his shirt to reveal a perpetual movement from his back and a twitching spine. Upon discovering this, Maggie immediately evacuates the sick bay and secures the door. She then rushes to the drop ships' control room and contacts the Covenant however, due to Maggie's panic, her message given to Tennessee was unclear. More screams from Karine are heard from the sick bay so Maggie rushes back to the sick bay door.
Ledward twitches violently and uncontrollably so Karine decides to hug him in order to comfort him however, as her hands wrap around his back, a sudden thorn protrudes out from Ledward's back so Karine quickly stops hugging Ledward. Karine bangs on the sick bay door violently demanding for release however Maggie disregards her request. After a few more twitches, a burst of blood splashes out from Ledward's back and Ledward suddenly becomes motionless and drops onto the sick bay bed laying down. A Neomorph Bloodburster erupts from Ledward's puddle of blood and organs, before attacking and killing Karine. After killing Karine, it tried to kill Faris. While trying to shoot the creature, Faris accidentally shot several explosive barrels, which exploded and destroyed the dropship, killing her.