A brave doctor who was portrayed on screen by Susan Sarandon has died, aged 57.
Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald diagnosed and treated her own breast cancer when she was the only physician at a South Pole research station in the late 1990s - and wrote about the ordeal in Ice Bound: A Doctor’s Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole.
The book was turned into a 2003 TV movie, starring Sarandon.
FitzGerald died at her home in Massachusetts on Tuesday (23Jun09) after her cancer returned in 2005.