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Emergency evacuation underway in Antarctica, local doctor shares his own experience


Eau Claire (WQOW) - It is the dead of winter in Antarctica and right now it is one of the coldest, darkest places on earth.  That's where a U.S. scientist is stranded, in the midst of a medical emergency.

Wednesday night, a local doctor is shared his own experience from the Antarctic. 

Dr. Crane of the Western Wisconsin Ear, Nose, and Throat Center in Eau Claire joined the navy hoping he would fulfill his life long dream of working as a doctor in Antarctica. That dream became reality in 1979. He served as the medical officer at McMurdo research station, the same place where the US scientist is stranded.

"I was instructed, before leaving America to go to Antarctica that during the wintering over period that I couldn't count on a medical evacuation and that if there were any serious injury or illness. That I was on my own," says Dr. Crane.

An Australian medical team will try and make a risky rescue flight this week to recover the stranded scientist.

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