CENTENNIAL, Colo. — An ailing American research worker who was evacuated from the South Pole in a daring weekend rescue will need surgery to treat his potentially life-threatening condition, co-workers said Monday.
The man, whose name and condition have been withheld at his request, was being flown Monday from the southern tip of Chile to Houston on a private jet.
He was rescued from the South Pole Sunday by a Canadian turboprop plane.
The medical director of Raytheon Polar Services, the Centennial-based company that manages the U.S. base at the Pole, said the illness might have been life-threatening if left untreated. News reports that the man has a bladder problem were incorrect, Dr. Ron Shemenski said.