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Ecuadorian Navy Airlifts Jeff Bezos From Cruise Ship Following Kidney Stone Attack
The Verge ^ | January 4, 2014 | Carl Frenzen

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.'


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KEYWORDS: amazon; jeffbezos; kidneystones
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There's an amazing lesson of humility, modesty to be learned, divined here for all of us who occasionally fall victim to the vainglorious self-aggrandizement Man is wont to sucumb to in taking stock of themselves, their accomplishments, especially those self-deludingly so, the best example of which is some recent Hawaiian vacationer as woeful practitioner of grandiosity, pomposity he is egregiously guily of.

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.

1 posted on 01/04/2014 4:13:14 PM PST by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Wouldn’t Cuba have been closer?


2 posted on 01/04/2014 4:14:58 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: lbryce

“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.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 4:18:27 PM PST by EEGator
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To: lbryce

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.


4 posted on 01/04/2014 4:18:56 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: lbryce
Some animals are more equal than others.
5 posted on 01/04/2014 4:21:09 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: lbryce

We were in Machu Picchu and Galapagos in Sept. He’s right.


6 posted on 01/04/2014 4:24:50 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: lbryce

I pity any poor fool that gets the stones... Three timer here...


7 posted on 01/04/2014 4:27:44 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: cicero2k

How did they determine that?


8 posted on 01/04/2014 4:28:17 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: lbryce
Keep watch for a front page exclusive of how Bezos survived, including a selfie in the Washington Post
9 posted on 01/04/2014 4:29:18 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: cicero2k

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.


10 posted on 01/04/2014 4:32:24 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: COBOL2Java; cicero2k

Whoops! Creatinine kept going DOWN. That’s where it was supposed to go...


11 posted on 01/04/2014 4:33:37 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: EEGator

Shouda sent him to Venuzuela for treatment...
The could have kept the jet for payment.


12 posted on 01/04/2014 4:41:12 PM PST by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: ptsal

He’d have to throw in some toilet paper as well.


13 posted on 01/04/2014 4:42:06 PM PST by EEGator
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To: dragnet2

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.


14 posted on 01/04/2014 4:46:04 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: lbryce

Bezos is lucky he’s famous and wealthy.

Do you think anyone ordinary would’ve been afforded the same privilege?

Get real.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 4:47:23 PM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: lbryce

Airlifted to to a private jet and flown to the US?

Maybe Obamacare is not all that bad.


16 posted on 01/04/2014 5:02:57 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: cicero2k

Interesting..


17 posted on 01/04/2014 5:04:49 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: cicero2k
I understand a kidney stone attack is considered more agonizing than childbirth. I feel blessed not to have any first hand experience.

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.

18 posted on 01/04/2014 5:08:16 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: COBOL2Java

Isn’t there a newer like hypersonic cavitation crusher thingy that uses sound waves to pulverize them down to nothing?


19 posted on 01/04/2014 5:08:28 PM PST by djf (Global warming is a bunch of hot air!!)
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To: JDoutrider

I’ve had so many I won’t seek medical attention now unless I’m near death.


20 posted on 01/04/2014 5:10:39 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: lbryce

This is news?


21 posted on 01/04/2014 5:11:19 PM PST by AdaGray
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To: EEGator
This story will appear in blogs covering great international heros and their exploits.... see page B-25 Wahpooh News

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Great leader health in danger...

22 posted on 01/04/2014 5:14:10 PM PST by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: lbryce

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.


23 posted on 01/04/2014 5:20:16 PM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: lbryce

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.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 5:20:59 PM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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To: lbryce
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.

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.

25 posted on 01/04/2014 5:23:06 PM PST by cicero2k
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To: James C. Bennett
My comments were never meant to address the privileged, special VIP treatment Bezos received once the kidney stones began wreaking havoc with his plans. I think it's quite plain I was merely referring to the the specific event of the attack itself, the irony of being subjected to a condition, circumstances he had no control over.

That you are so agog, judgmental over a rather plainly mundane detail is an issue for your therapist to unravel.

26 posted on 01/04/2014 5:23:50 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: grame

I’m 81 and still remember my grandmother saying kidney stones were the worst pain she ever experienced.

Hope your husband is okay now.

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27 posted on 01/04/2014 5:25:34 PM PST by Mears
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To: lbryce

I can’t imagine living in a world where there was no treatment for kidney stones.


28 posted on 01/04/2014 5:28:36 PM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: Obadiah

It seems your name as biblical prophet of Obadiah would be better served as Job for being as thoroughly tested as you’ve been.


29 posted on 01/04/2014 5:30:23 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

And....? My sister had kidney stones, but it didn’t make the news.


30 posted on 01/04/2014 5:32:31 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: JDoutrider

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.


31 posted on 01/04/2014 5:34:55 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Mears
I’m 81 and still remember my grandmother saying kidney stones were the worst pain she ever experienced.

I've had a kidney stone attack that hospitalized me: but when it comes to pain, the gout is worse in my opinion. -Tom

32 posted on 01/04/2014 5:40:18 PM PST by Capt. Tom
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To: AdaGray
It's posted under chitchat, personal, not under news.
33 posted on 01/04/2014 5:45:33 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: COBOL2Java

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.


34 posted on 01/04/2014 5:46:51 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: cicero2k

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!


35 posted on 01/04/2014 5:52:11 PM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Obadiah

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)


36 posted on 01/04/2014 5:52:42 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Vermont Lt

Gaaaahhh.

That’s awful.

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!


37 posted on 01/04/2014 5:56:57 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: silverleaf
"...he shoulda had a V8..."

Hahahahaha! Good use of that...:)

38 posted on 01/04/2014 5:58:05 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: James C. Bennett
do you think anyone ordinary would've been afforded the same privilege?

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.

39 posted on 01/04/2014 6:01:22 PM PST by grania
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To: cicero2k

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?


40 posted on 01/04/2014 6:02:39 PM PST by cornfedcowboy
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To: lbryce

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.


41 posted on 01/04/2014 6:08:16 PM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: Vermont Lt

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.


42 posted on 01/04/2014 6:14:17 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: James C. Bennett

Filed, archived under “Resolved”.


43 posted on 01/04/2014 6:18:00 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: JDoutrider

“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.


44 posted on 01/04/2014 6:21:35 PM PST by Oregon Betsy Ross
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To: rlmorel

nhl have the ballistic boot covers nowadays. not all players wear them.


45 posted on 01/04/2014 6:55:23 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: lbryce

I had a kidney stone attack on Oct. 4. It’s the WORST pain EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.


46 posted on 01/04/2014 7:01:00 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: grania

Thanks very much for your timely input.


47 posted on 01/04/2014 7:06:46 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: rlmorel

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.


48 posted on 01/04/2014 8:48:25 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Oregon Betsy Ross

Thanks for that...


49 posted on 01/04/2014 10:33:54 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: Obadiah
The first time you get one you’re pretty sure you’re gonna die.

A very accurate statement from someone who had only one and God willing the ONLY one I ever get!

50 posted on 01/05/2014 1:06:57 AM PST by packrat35 (Pelosi is only on loan to the world from Satan. Hopefully he will soon want his baby killer back)
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