Bezos airlifted by navy for medical treatment

2014-01-05 09:05
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Quito - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was flown by helicopter from a cruise ship in the Galapagos Islands for medical attention after suffering intense pain because of a kidney stone on New Year's Day, authorities said on Saturday.

Captain Santiago Rubio, commander of the port of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, told The Associated Press that Bezos was on a ship not far from the island when he felt the pains in his stomach area.

Ecuador's navy sent doctors to examine Bezos and when they determined that it was a kidney stone attack, Rubio said he authorised a helicopter to take the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner from the ship on New Year's Day.

The captain said Bezos was taken to Santa Cruz port and from there a short flight to Baltra island where his private jet was waiting to take him to the US for treatment.

Amazon spokesperson Drew Herdener said in a statement on Saturday that no surgery was required, and Bezos is feeling well.

He said Bezos sent an e-mail saying, "Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars."

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