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S. Pole Doc Yearns To Return

The doctor who was airlifted from the South Pole after finding a lump in her breast says she wants to return to the Antarctic.

Dr. Jerri Nielsen treated herself for three months with chemotherapy before being rescued Oct. 16 from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Center.

"It was such a wonderful place. I still love it. I would do it again. Even knowing what happened to me, it was the best year of my life," Nielsen told The Vindicator newspaper.

She said she is recovering from surgery for breast cancer but would not reveal where she was undergoing treatment.

Nielsen was the only doctor among 41 researchers who have been living since November in a 150-foot-high metal dome. She said her colleagues were "just wonderful" and she writes to them daily.

Nielsen's father, Phil Cahill, told CBS affiliate WKBN-TV in Youngstown that "it appears is that she's going to live and everything is going to be alright and of course we couldn't be happier."

Cahill said, "We got to see her and hold her and hug her, and my wife and I thank everybody that was involved in it and risked their lives to save hers."

After she returned to the United States, Nielsen said she got a phone call from President Clinton.

"The president called me, so that was pretty fun," she said. "He said that he really wanted to go to the South Pole and he had a great interest in the Antarctic continent."

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