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Sick engineer evacuated from South Pole gets tests

Sick American engineer evacuated from South Pole awaits results of medical tests By The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ' A sick American engineer who was successfully evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealand is awaiting the results of medical tests after having what doctors believed was a stroke in August.

Renee-Nicole Douceur (dee-SUHR) tells The Associated Press in an email Tuesday that she had MRI and echocardiogram exams. She says results will be shared with doctors in the United States.

She landed in Christchurch on Monday.

The 58-year-old Douceur, of Seabrook, N.H., worked as a manager for research station contractor Raytheon Polar Services Co. She had been at the South Pole for a year. She asked for an emergency evacuation in August. Officials at the time rejected her request because of bad weather, saying that sending a rescue plane was too dangerous and that her condition wasn't life-threatening.

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