Storm delays rescue of ill woman from Antarctica

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Posted: Oct 16, 2011 12:49 AM
Storm delays rescue of ill woman from Antarctica

Efforts to evacuate an ill American woman from the South Pole have been delayed because of a storm.

Doctors suspect Renee-Nicole Douceur (dee-SUHR') suffered a stroke or brain tumor. She had hoped to fly to the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. But she told The Associated Press in an email that a flight that was supposed to head to the South Pole from a base in Antarctica was gounded Saturday because of bad weather. She said she hoped to take a later plane and arrive in Christchurch on Monday or possibly Tuesday.

Douceur is from Seabrook, N.H., a coastal town of 9,000 residents southeast of Concord (KAHN'-kard).

She's a manager for research station contractor Raytheon Polar Services Co. Doctors say a tumor may be causing her vision and speech problems.

Officials rejected her earlier evacuation request because of bad weather.