Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole

By Maryanne Vollers

Jerri Nielsen was once a forty-six-year-old health professional operating in Ohio while she made the choice to take a year's sabbatical at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Antarctica, the main distant and dangerous position on the earth. The "Polies," as they're identified, reside in nearly overall darkness for 6 months of the 12 months, in iciness temperatures as little as a hundred levels less than zero--with no approach in or out prior to the spring.

During the lengthy wintry weather of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, exclusively accountable for the psychological and actual health of a staff of researchers, building staff, and help employees, chanced on a lump in her breast. Consulting through e mail with medical professionals within the usa, she played a biopsy on herself, and in July begun chemotherapy remedies to make sure her survival until eventually situation authorised her rescue in October. A bold rescue via the Air nationwide shield ensued, who landed, dropped off a substitute health care professional, and mins later took off with Dr. Nielsen.

This is Dr. Nielsen's personal account of her event on the Pole, the ocean switch as she turns into "of the Ice," and her awareness that as she may otherwise be on Antarctica than anyplace else on the earth. it's also an exhilarating experience of researchers and scientists embattled through a antagonistic atmosphere; a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an remoted, intensely hooked up neighborhood confronted with adversity; and, at its middle, a powerfully relocating drama of affection and loss, of 1 woman's voyage of self-discovery via a rare fight for survival.

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