After weeks of waiting, an American researcher who suffered a suspected stroke while working in the South Pole flew out Monday.
Renee-Nicole Douceur, 58, had been stranded at the Amundsen-Scott research station in Antarctica since she fell ill on August 27. She had been unable to leave to receive treatment, due to bad weather and storms that prevent planes from landing during the region's winter period.
The website SaveRenee.org reported Sunday that Douceur will depart from the South Pole on a cargo flight.
On Monday, CNN affiliate TVNZ said she boarded a U.S. Air Force cargo plane.
The New Hampshire woman will first go to McMurdo Station in Antarctica and then to Christchurch, New Zealand, later this week.
Last week, Douceur told CNN she had been pleading for a rescue evacuation flight since her initial stroke but her request was denied.
Raytheon Polar Services - the company that runs the station for the National Science Foundation - deemed it too dangerous to send an air rescue crew in, she said.
"While I was devastated that I had a stroke, it was like, oh, my God, it just stymied me...and I cried," Douceur said. " I just didn't know what to do and the doctors basically told me, just go back to my room.".
Raytheon Polar Services told CNN that Douceur's station has a well-trained medical staff that can provide all levels of medical for employees.FULL STORY