NH South Pole evacuee to leave New Zealand soon

AP News
Posted: Oct 20, 2011 6:13 PM
NH South Pole evacuee to leave New Zealand soon

A sick New Hampshire woman who was evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealand says she expects to be back in the United States next week.

Engineer Renee-Nicole Douceur (dee-SUHR') arrived in Christchurch earlier this week, two months after she began experiencing vision, language and memory problems while working at the National Science Foundation's South Pole research station. Doctors believe she had a stroke, though she's expected to recover almost completely with proper treatment.

She said Wednesday she expects to leave New Zealand early Monday, passing through Australia, San Francisco and Washington before arriving at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore on Monday night local time.

She says she should be in Baltimore until Thursday and doesn't know when she'll be back home in Seabrook, a coastal town 40 miles southeast of Concord (KAHN'-kard).