The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 27, 2001 · Page 6
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AB FRIDAY. APRIL 27, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL SOUTH POLE RESCUE Sick doctor out of Antarctica Rescue plane flies sick doctor safely to South America By The Associated Press PUNTA ARENAS, Chile — A twin-engine propeller plane carried a sick American doctor out of Antarctica Thursday, winging him to safety in Chile from the icy South Pole research station where he was stricken with a gall bladder ailment. The Twin Otter aircraft carrying Dr Ronald S. Shemens- ki landed at Punta Arenas airport under gray clouds at 2:52 p.m.Cen­ tral time. Shemenski, wearing a blue cap, jeans and parka with fur-lined oupmpmck-i hood, greeted SHtMtNSKI Raytheon's rescue organizers, hugging one woman after he came down the steps as the whirring propellers ground to a halt. Journalists who thronged the tarmac asked if he had felt in any danger during the flight. "No, no," said Shemen­ ski. "The pilots were very professional." The five-hour flight across the Drake Passage to Chile marked the last le,^ of She- menski's long journey out of Antarctica. The plane, with its distinctive black wings and red-and-white fuselage, was followed by a backup aircraft. "It's great to have them home," said a jubilant Tom Yelvington, general manager at Raytheon Polar Services, the U.S.-based company heading the rescue effort. Noting that Shemenski's illness was potentially life- threatening, he added, "There's no greater reason to go in than that." The airlift was one of the Mm •I I The Associated Press A Twin Otter plane, carrying American Dr. Ronald Shemenski, takes off from the British Antarctic Survey Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island In Antarctica. riskiest efforts ever by a small plane to the South Pole, with the pilots of the eight-seat craft braving snow, cold of minus 65 degrees, high winds and the darkness of the long polar winter. Weather makes any flights to the station extremely hazardous from late February until November. The rescue journey began Saturday, when the Twin Otter plane, which had arrived from Canada, took off from Punta Arenas for the Rothera base en route to the South Pole station. After reaching the Pole Tuesday, the plane remained overnight in subfreezing temperatures on an icy runway and then made a more than eight-hour return flight Wednesday night to Rothera. Shemenski, 59, has been diagnosed with inflammation of the pancreas, a potentially life- threatening ailment, though he was reported by doctors to be in stable condition. Pancre­ atitis can happen when a gallstone passes down the bile duct, irritating the pancreas. Commercial flight to U.S. In Punta Arenas, Shemens­ ki was expected to get a medical checkup, rest overnight and take a commercial flight to the United States. Rescue officials said Shemenski was walking by himself. Completion of the riskiest leg of the evacuation "takes a lot of the anguish and anxiety away," Shemenski's brother, Robert, said from North Canton, Ohio. He described his brother as an adventurer who flew his own stunt plane and traveled worldwide. "I'm thrilled that he's safe and that the crew is safe," said Shemenski's wife, Rebec­ ca, who was at home in Fremont, Ohio. "They still have a long way to go. We should all continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers." Rescuers decided to risk the evacuation because of fears Shemenski's health could deteriorate after worse weather made the South Pole unreachable. Shemenski was the only physician among 50 researchers working there, and his replacement was brought in by his rescuers. Shemenski's was the second dramatic rescue this week. On Tuesday, a plane evacuated 11 American staffers from McMurdo Base on the Antarctic coast across from New Zealand. In October 1999, Dr. Jerri Nielsen was flown out of the South Pole station after she discovered a breast tumor that was diagnosed as cancerous. T BREAST CANCER • MIDWEST FLOODS Damage climbs as floodwaters recede Estimate so far in Iowa and Minnesota is nearly $10 million in damage By The Associated Press DAVENPORT, Iowa — As floodwaters finally receded along parts of the Mississippi River, the top federal emergency official visited sodden towns in Iowa and Illinois Thursday to survey damage and offer support. "I'd like to say congratulations, quite frankly, to the Quad Cities area and folks up and down the Mississippi," Joe Allbaugh, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in Davenport. "They have learned their lessons from the '93 flood. They were prepared, as the mayor and governor have said, to handle this in a much better fashion." Not that the region is out of the woods: Heavy rain last weekend is expected to send another Mississippi River crest through Minnesota early next week. Flooding this month has swamped parts of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. Hundreds of people remain out of their homes in Wisconsin. Damage is still being tallied, but the estimate so far in Iowa and Minnesota alone has reached nearly $10 million, with another $3 million in Grand Forks, N.D. More than 3,500 homes, mostly in Wisconsin and Iowa, have water damage, and more than 30 counties are under state disaster declarations. Hundreds of businesses have been closed or disrupted, and the Army Corps of Engineers said locks on the Mississippi from Minneapolis to Guttenberg, Iowa, will be closed to navigation through at least the second week of May. The river crested in Davenport Tuesday at 22.3 feet, its third-highest level on record. The crest was expected to reach Quincy, 111., 130 miles north of St. Louis, by today but flooding in the lower reaches of the river is not expected to be severe. Flood-control efforts help Officials said many communities are seeing the benefits of buyouts and flood-control efforts, some of it put in place after devastating damage in 1993. One place that hasn't put in permanent flood protection is Davenport. The city of 98,300 is the largest urban area on the upper Mississippi without it, a fact Allbaugh noted earlier this week. "I mean, the question is: How many times will the American taxpayer have to step in and take care of this flooding, which could be easily prevented by building levees and dikes?" Allbaugh said Monday Mayor Phil Yerington called the criticism an insult to families trying to save their homes. On Thursday, Allbaugh made a display of draping his arm around the mayor as the two boarded a bus to tour flood damage. Allbaugh, who also toured parts of Illinois, refused to talk about the controversy or whether there should be changes in the way federal funds are given to communities in flood plains. During the 45-minute tour, Davenport officials showed Allbaugh aerial photographs of the flood and insisted the city has taken steps since the mid- 1980s to mitigate damage. "We were able to show him and the world that we are a river town — we are a great river town — and that we know we have floods, and we expect to carry our own, and we're not looking for a free handout," Yerington said. Hawaii students return to class By The Associated Press HONOLULU — Thousands of elementary and high school students returned to class Thursday, taree weeks after Hawaii's public education system was shut down by a pair of strikes. The state's 13,000 public school teachers, who set up picket lines April 5, had re- PooL S ERVICE S PA S ERVICE W ATER C HEMISTRY Pool's Plus of Salina 823-POOL • 2501 Market Place turned to work Wednesday after ratifying a four-year contract that includes higher pay for those with advanced degrees. The strike cost 182,000 schoolchildren 14 days of instruction. A separate strike by University of Hawaii faculty that also began April 5 ended with a two-year contract agreement last week. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ADULT NOVELTIES VIDEOS • LOTIONS » MAGAZINES II am - 9 pm Mon, - Sat • 1 pm - 5 pm Sun. 1901 W. Gnuid • Salina • (785) 823-1339 '<Pwf QwiaiUy Air Bade In Tonr Home** Time to Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned Ryan's Air System Cleaning, inc. Commercial - Residential - Industrial (785) 825-4891 Free Estimates REhAbiliiATioN C ENTER Caring for your loved ones through responsive professionalism. 1007 Johnstown / Salina, KS / 785-823-7107 SPLENDID, DELICATE, GRACEFUL. I -Mf. - mn A WoW< Of Art. 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Scientists have therefore been trying to develop new surveillance strategies for women at high risk of developing the disease, hoping to detect earlier-stage tumors, when they're easier to treat. Women with an increased chance of developing breast cancer include those whose mothers or sisters have had the disease and those who have a genetic mutation known to encourage the disease. "This technique seems to hold promise for detecting early changes in duct cells and could eventually identify pre- malignant conditions," said Robert Smith, director of cancer screening at the American Cancer Society High-risk women benefit "It is not clear that just detecting precancerous cells means they will go on to develop breast cancer," said Smith, who was not connected with the research. "But in high-risk women, it could give them the choice earlier of how to handle it." Options might include anticancer drugs, having part of the milk duct removed, or more frequent checks to see if they progress to cancer, he said. The study by scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine involved looking for genetic indicators of breast cancer in the cells flushed out by the technique, called duct lavage. Lavage is a French word that means "to wash" or "to rinse." It involved inserting a threadlike catheter through the nipple to pump in saline solution and draw it back out, a procedure researchers said could cause discomfort, but not pairi. By the numbers The test detected abnormalities in the breast flui'd of 17 out of 20 women with confirmed invasive breast cancer. In a group of 45 healthy women, the test produced five false positives, according to the study Two women with normal mammograms whose duct fluid test was positive were subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer. ; "This ultimately might prove to be useful, but its going to have to do something that mammograms can't," Smith said. "There's a lot of potential for doing something that mam­ mograms can't," Research presented by the American Cancer Society earlier this week revealed that women who get regular mam­ mograms may reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer by more than 60 percent. But mammograms aren't perfect. Besides missing tumors, they most often flag innocent lumps, which are biop­ sied only to turn out to be benign. ^Quality furniture ^ Low Prues ^ In'Store Finan€ing ''HOW IVIUCH IVIONEY DO YOU REALLY TO RETIRE?' ANNUITIES, MUTUAL rUNDS. LIFE INSURANCE AND A PLAN. Charles Carter & Associates Charles Carter 804 E. Crawford Salina, KS 67401 785-825-4241 /illstate. 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