October 8, 1999 |
Two military planes headed for the bitter cold of Antarctica on Thursday to bring home a doctor who for three months has been treating herself for a lump in her breast. Dr. Jerrie Nielsen is the physician for a crew of 41 researchers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. She is believed to have been treating herself with chemotherapy since mid-July, when drugs and medical equipment were air-dropped into a howling snowstorm. Among those on the flight is a replacement doctor for the station.