Ecuador navy airlifted Jeff Bezos for kidney stone

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 4 at 9:37 PM

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An official in the Galapagos Islands says that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was flown by helicopter from a cruise ship on Jan. 1 for medical attention after suffering intense pain because of a kidney stone.

Capt. Santiago Rubio, commander of the port of Santa Cruz, tells The Associated Press that Bezos was on a cruise not far from the island when he felt the pains in his stomach area.

Rubio said Saturday the navy sent doctors to examine Bezos on New Year's Day. The doctors determined that it was a kidney stone attack and Rubio authorized a helicopter to take the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner from the ship.

The captain said Bezos was taken to Santa Cruz port and from there a short flight to Baltra island where his private jet was waiting to take him to the U.S. for medical treatment.

Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener said in a statement Saturday that no surgery was required, and Bezos is feeling well.

He said Bezos sent an email saying, "Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars."

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