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South Pole researcher flown out for surgery

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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.