Friday, January 11, 2002

Man sues ex-wife over book about her South Pole escape

The Associated Press

        BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The former husband of a doctor who treated herself at the South Pole for breast cancer has sued her, alleging that she defamed him in a book she wrote about her 1999 rescue.

        The lawsuit, filed in Wood County Common Pleas Court, seeks damages of between $1 million and $5 million from Jerri Nielsen and the publisher of her book, Talk Miramax Books.

        Dr. Jay Nielsen, a Maumee physician, said in the lawsuit that the book falsely claims he emotionally abused her and physically abused their children.

        Dr. Jerri Nielsen of Youngstown found a lump in her breast in May 1999 while living with 41 researchers at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Center in Antarctica.

        She treated herself until October, when temperatures increased enough for a plane to safely retrieve her and bring her back to the United States.

        After her return, Jerri Nielsen wrote Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole.

        Jay Nielsen would not discuss the lawsuit when reached Wednesday. Jerri Nielsen could not be reached for comment Thursday.

        Hilary Bass, a publicist for Talk Miramax Books, said the company was unaware of the lawsuit filed Dec. 31 and would not comment.


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