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Doctor from South Pole released after surgery

DENVER (AP) — A doctor who was airlifted from the South Pole was released from a hospital Friday after undergoing a procedure to clear two clogged arteries. But he will have to wait for surgery for the gallbladder condition that forced his rescue.

Doctors preparing for the gallbladder surgery Thursday discovered that Dr. Ronald S. Shemenski had suffered a mild heart attack in December. They performed an angioplasty to clear two arteries and inserted two metal coils, or stents, to keep the vessels open.

"I was surprised by all this. I am glad it was found and taken care of before any further problems developed," Shemenski said.

Shemenski was diagnosed with pancreatitis and gallstones while he was at the South Pole and was evacuated April 26.