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South Pole Evacuee Recovering Well After Stroke

BALTIMORE (AP) — The engineer evacuated from a South Pole research station after a stroke may not be skydiving again anytime soon, but her doctor says she is recovering well.

Physician Dr. Paul Nyquist said Friday that Renee-Nicole Douceur, who traveled to Johns Hopkins Hospital this week for treatment, did have a stroke. But he says she is regaining her lost vision, and her speech is improving. Douceur expects to be discharged Saturday.

Douceur was evacuated two months after she began experiencing vision, language and memory problems while working as station manager at the National Science Foundation’s South Pole research station.

The 58-year-old nuclear engineer from Seabrook, N.H., says she would like to go back to the South Pole, but she may need to return to the nuclear industry instead.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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