South Pole Doctor Dies
One of the most compelling medical news stories of the last decade was the story of Jerri Nielsen, an emergency room doctor who accompanied dozens of National Science Foundation researchers to the South Pole in 1999. She later wrote of wanting to escape to the South Pole to forget an ugly divorce and estrangement from her children.
That winter, Nielsen found a lump on her breast and was forced to perform a biopsy on herself, as the extreme weather conditions made it impossible to stage a rescue mission. She was eventually airlifted to safety under comparably favorable weather conditions -- 58 degrees below zero -- and had a mastectomy.
The cancer went into remission until 2005, the AP said, and she collaborated on a book about her experience at the pole. Susan Sarandon later played her in a TV film about her life; Dr. Nielsen had earlier expressed her hope for Meryl Streep. She died June 23 at her home in Massachusetts, aged 57.
The Post will have a story about her tomorrow, but we welcome your thoughts on her life.
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