Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald


Age: 57

physician who diagnosed and treated her own breast cancer with guidance from U.S.-based doctors via the Internet before a dramatic rescue from the South Pole, who was the only doctor at the National Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in winter 1999 when she discovered a lump in her breast and performed a biopsy on herself with the help of staff as extreme cold ruled out an immediate rescue, then treated herself with anti-cancer drugs delivered during a mid-July airdrop by a USAF plane under blackout, feezing conditions until she could be rescued by the Air National Guard in October 1999.

Cause of Death: Breast cancer

Born: March 1, 1952

Died: June 3, 2009

Southwich, Massachusetts