Ex-Husband Sues Doctor Rescued From South Pole

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - 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 (pictured, right) and the publisher of her book, Talk Miramax Books.

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

Jerri Nielsen of Youngstown, Ohio, 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."

According to Jay Nielsen, the book included false information and personal attacks on him.

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 that the company was unaware of the lawsuit filed Dec. 31, and would not comment.

The lawsuit said that Jerri Nielsen falsely wrote in her book that her then-husband once "murdered a domestic animal" in front of her and their daughter, denied her visitation with their children and purposely alienated their children from her.

The complaint said that the book's allegations led to "a significant number of patient cancellations in his medical practice."

The Nielsens were classmates at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and married in 1974. They were divorced in 1998. They had three children, and custody was awarded to Jay Nielsen.

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