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South Pole evacuee recovering well after stroke

Friday, October 28, 2011
Renee-Nicole Douceur, who was evacuated from a South Pole research station two months after she experienced a stroke, speaks about her recovery at a news conference at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Doctors confirmed that she suffered a stroke, but she is expected to recover almost completely with proper treatment.

Renee-Nicole Douceur, who was evacuated from a South Pole research station two months after she experienced a stroke, speaks about her recovery at a news conference at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Doctors confirmed that she suffered a stroke, but she is expected to recover almost completely with proper treatment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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.

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