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American Woman Stricken At South Pole Is Now In New Zealand

Oct 17, 2011
Originally published on October 17, 2011 7:02 am

"An American woman who became ill while working at the South Pole has been evacuated by plane to New Zealand for medical treatment," The Associated Press reports. "Renee-Nicole Douceur tells the AP in an email sent Monday morning that she has landed in Christchurch and is scheduled for tests on Tuesday."

Douceur, a researcher from New Hampshire, is 58. As WMUR-TV writes, "she believes she suffered a stroke in late August. ... Douceur has been waiting ever since to fly off of the South Pole to receive better medical attention."

Her daughter and a friend have been updating the Save Renee website with news about her condition and the effort to get her off the Pole. Today, they note that "this [was] not a special flight for Renee, it's the first regularly scheduled cargo flight of the season."

Douceur has been managing a Raytheon Polar Services Co. research station for the past year.

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