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Woman rescued from South Pole after stroke arrives in DC

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(AP, ABC7) - A sick New Hampshire woman who was evacuated from the South Pole arrived in Washington, D.C., Monday night on her way to receiving medical treatment.

An Oct. 2010 photo shows Renée-Nicole Douceur in Antarctica.

Speaking exclusively to ABC7 News, engineer Renee-Nicole Douceur said she is thrilled to be back in the U.S. and looks forward to receiving medical attention at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Douceur was evacuated two months after she began experiencing vision, language and memory problems while working at the National Science Foundation's South Pole research station. Doctors believe she had a stroke, though she's expected to recover almost completely with proper treatment.

Douceur told the AP Sunday night that she had left New Zealand and landed in Australia. She passed through San Francisco and Washington before arriving at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Monday night. She spoke with ABC7 News shortly after landing at Dulles International Airport.

She has said she should be in Baltimore until Thursday and doesn't know when she'll return to Seabrook, a coastal town 40 miles southeast of Concord.

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