Skip to comments.Ecuadorian Navy Airlifts Jeff Bezos From Cruise Ship Following Kidney Stone Attack
Posted on 01/04/2014 4:13:13 PM PST by lbryce
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos suffered a kidney stone attack while in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands and had to be airlifted by an Ecuadorian navy helicopter to his personal jet, then flown to the US for surgery, according to ABC News. Bezos is said to have suffered the attack on January 1st aboard a cruise ship, according to local media outlet Galapagos Digital. The helicopter's pilot was quoted by another Spanish-language outlet, El Comercio, as saying he received messages of thanks from Bezo's family and business partners. We've reached out to Amazon for comment on the situation and will update as we learn more.
Bezos confirmed the incident today, with an Amazon spokesperson providing the following statement to Business Insider: "I sent Jeff your note and here's what he sent back: 'Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars.'
Certainly Jeff Bezos is one of the fortunate few to whom the term "Master of the Universe" or versions thereof truly applies. Internet visionary, brilliant marketing savant, would-be space conquerer, newly ascended role as publisher of the soon-to-be vanquished crown jewels of MSM's imperious dead-tree dinosaurs aka 'Washington Post', Jeff Bezos has got it all.
I harbor no personal resentment towards Bezos nor any sense of Schandenfreude in the unfortunate situation he's currently been subjected to.
Nevertheless, to borrow a Yiddish phrase, Der Mensch Tracht, und Gutt Lacht, Man plans, while God ridicules.
Wouldn’t Cuba have been closer?
“Bezos confirmed the incident today, with an Amazon spokesperson providing the following statement to Business Insider: “I sent Jeff your note and here’s what he sent back: ‘Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars.’”
That’s pretty funny.
I had one on a flight from Denver to JFK.
The captain of the Boeing 767 came back to my seat and offered to put the plane down in any city on the way. I told him I’d stick it out and go to an ER on Long Island.
Little did I know that it was Yom Kippur and everyone has to be home by sundown.
Bottom line; heavily sedated I made it back to Denver and went to a three beam lithotripsy machine which turned the 1.2 cm stones to sand.
Root cause as it turned out: tea drinking.
We were in Machu Picchu and Galapagos in Sept. He’s right.
I pity any poor fool that gets the stones... Three timer here...
How did they determine that?
I had a kidney stone attack just one month ago. Thought it was gas at first. Put up with it for a couple days, then got up one night, couldn’t sleep with the pain. Went to the bathroom, enormous pain - on a scale of 1 to 10 that was close to 11. Urine was the color of cranberry juice. Went to the ER. Turns out I’d just passed it. Good thing too, because my left kidney had failed. They admitted me.
Spent the next couple of days inpatient, as they kept an eye on my creatinine levels (kidney function). Kept rising so they dismissed me. Oh, no ObamaCare - not yet anyway.
Can’t say which was worse, having the stone or passing it.
Whoops! Creatinine kept going DOWN. That’s where it was supposed to go...
Shouda sent him to Venuzuela for treatment...
The could have kept the jet for payment.
He’d have to throw in some toilet paper as well.
Well, I had “other” treatment the year earlier and the stones were not seen. I scrutinized my consumption habits that year and determined that I did go from no tea to daily tea that year.
I have not had tea since. Two years later, my urologist ordered an X-Ray (pre trip this time) and found nothing.
Bezos is lucky he’s famous and wealthy.
Do you think anyone ordinary would’ve been afforded the same privilege?
Airlifted to to a private jet and flown to the US?
Maybe Obamacare is not all that bad.
I've read the story of Willliam Shatner relaying how being under the terrible duress of a kidney stone attack feeling very self-consciousness as he groveled in nearly unendurable pain almost embarrassed at the thought of how the medical staff knowing him only as the intrepid Captain Kirk who usually faced similar scenarios with bravery and stoicism lay there as the mere real life mortal moaning like some pusillanimous, weak-kneed coward.
A most definite cringe-worthy story of bravery, adversity under agonizing circumstances. I've always been under the impression kidney stones were the result of eating too much red meat, surprised to hear how tea would also cause kidney stones, as well.
Isn’t there a newer like hypersonic cavitation crusher thingy that uses sound waves to pulverize them down to nothing?
I’ve had so many I won’t seek medical attention now unless I’m near death.
This is news?
Great leader health in danger...
I’m “blessed” to be a kidney stone making factory. I’ve lost count of how many stones I’ve had now. Passed many, surgically removed others and lipotripsy. Had ‘em all.
The pain is quite intense and there is pretty much nothing you can do to minimize the pain. Even Morphine does nothing more than slightly take the edge off, but that’s about it.
The first time you get one you’re pretty sure you’re gonna die. The next few times you know what it is and you know how to prepare and the steps that you’ll soon need to take, but it’s never any picnic.
My guess is this may have been a first for Bezos and they didn’t know what was happening, and; being in the middle nowhere in addition to being the CEO of a major stockholding company, it’s understandable the steps that were taken. Companies need to take care of their key people and insure them heavily.
Being a wife who has watched her husband writhing on the floor with pain from the stones, I was told by the ER Dr that soda pop causes them.
Eliminating tea is a dietary change that is easy. If you have a history, I'd recommend trying it. Plus getting a KUB X-Ray before a major trip. I was going to Spain from JFK and did not want the Spanish medical system working on me.
The other complication is that I was on baby Aspirin for the heart. They have to wait 10 days before treatment so that can be eliminated, before lithotripsy.
I still drink herbal tea occasionally.
That you are so agog, judgmental over a rather plainly mundane detail is an issue for your therapist to unravel.
I’m 81 and still remember my grandmother saying kidney stones were the worst pain she ever experienced.
Hope your husband is okay now.
I can’t imagine living in a world where there was no treatment for kidney stones.
It seems your name as biblical prophet of Obadiah would be better served as Job for being as thoroughly tested as you’ve been.
And....? My sister had kidney stones, but it didn’t make the news.
I had one a year ago. The Dr in the ER misread the CT scan. I was sent home and told to wait to pass it. They thought it was a 3mm.
Two days later I am laying on the floor of the ER. Crying.
Turns out it wad 7mm and I discovered I had a smaller than normal pathway. That sucker was never going to come out on its own.
Two operations, a stent, and a week of feeling like I was getting slammed in the back with a baseball bat and they finally got it out.
And every damned woman I met told me that it was almost as bad as labor. And they would laugh.
Until I asked them if it hurt like this all day for ten days. That was the only thing that pissed me off.
I wouldn’t wish that pain on anyone.
I've had a kidney stone attack that hospitalized me: but when it comes to pain, the gout is worse in my opinion. -Tom
I had a kidney stone once, and I likened it to this:
I used to be a hockey goalie. There were plenty of painful aspects to it, but the worst one ever that made me break out in a cold sweat in pain was taking a blistering slapshot to the big-toe side of my goalie skate.
(More painful than being hit in the bards, but far more bearable, because...it ain’t your bards!)
Anyway, that pain of being hit in the toe like that was similar to what I felt in my back when I passed that kidney stone.
Again, it war far more bearable in my toe, because...it was my toe. I knew what it was.
When it was inside me, it was far more disturbing.
eating too much green stuff like kale and spinach also a cause
spouse got a ks after induging himself in “healthy” kale, fruit and veggie smoothies for a year...he shoulda had a V8!
Good description, though I surely did not have one that bad, though one of the effects it had on me besides the pain was I lost the ability to speak for about ten seconds...
The nurses were giving me the eye and saying: “Are you feeling chest pain?” while I held up one hand (palm-out) to them with my eyes closed and face to the floor! Heh, just couldn’t speak.
I will say, there is something disconcerting too, about being free of pain, and wondering if in the next five minutes you could be passing a stone.
And kind of thinking of it on a reasonably frequent basis. (Not all the time, that would drive you insane, I think)
I had a professor in college, a little mousy guy, thin, balding with wire-rimmed glasses. I don’t recall how he got on the subject, but he was describing passing a kidney stone.
What struck me was that as he talked, his eyes took on an odd, distant look, and it was easy to see he was completely somewhere else as he talked about it.
I remember noticing the odd look that I had never really seen before, and thinking “Holy crap. That must have hurt like hell...I hope I never get one of those...”
And here I am!
Hahahahaha! Good use of that...:)
On a cruise ship, yes. Read the fine print. If the cruise ship's medical staff determines that you have to be evacuated in a medical emergency, that's what happens. If you haven't signed up for the insurance with them, they can charge (I've heard the number $50,000) for helicopter evacuation, and they put it on your credit card.
Cruise lines are very heavy-handed about medical situations.
Wow! A 767 land for a kidney stone? That is a heck of an expensive offer. I am impressed. Probably would have cost the airline 20k after all is done. What airline was it?
I was merely trying to say that if the guy happened to have been a rural fisherman busting a kidney in his leased skiff, he wouldn’t have gotten the same treatment that Bezos did.
OMG. Yes, as I’ve mentioned in an earlier post on this thread, passing a kidney stone is considered by some to be more agonizing than giving birth.
Filed, archived under “Resolved”.
“I pity any poor fool that gets the stones”
I passed one stone two years ago (my one and only). It was the size of a shirt button. Took me eight months to pass it. Dr. told me I’m now labeled a “producer.” Hope this helps all my fellow “producers”..........
Take a water bottle and sip one large gulp after opening the bottle. Now replace the missing liquid with liquid lemon juice to the top. (Any lemon juice will do) Bottle should be full again. Add one packet of sugar (or splenda etc). Shake the bottle up. Drink two of these per day. I have never produced another stone and have no symptoms. Hope this is helpful.
nhl have the ballistic boot covers nowadays. not all players wear them.
I had a kidney stone attack on Oct. 4. It’s the WORST pain EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
Thanks very much for your timely input.
And it was when I understood what a drug addict must feel when they need their fix. Because it was my first time on morphine...and that was like having GOD touch my back and heal it. At least for a while.
Thanks for that...
A very accurate statement from someone who had only one and God willing the ONLY one I ever get!