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KIDNEY STONE PASSED BY BOUNTY SKIPPER

Friday May 28th, 2010
An expedition to follow the footsteps of William Bligh has taken a nasty turn in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Don McIntyre, Skipper of the Talisker Bounty Boat, is suffering from kidneys stones. He’s experienced the condition twice before and recognised the symptoms approximately 700 miles from the Great Barrier Reef.
After three hours of unbearable agony he contacted the emergency support team and got medical advice. He was then tended to by the crew who administered suppositories and Morphine after which he passed three stones in a very short space of time. But it wasn’t over yet. 24 hours later he went through the whole scenario again passing a further three stones.
Don said he had felt like he was 'looking at the world through the eyes of a condemned man'.
Don has already suffered a dislocated toe in a knock down and a nasty gash to his knee at the start of the voyage organised to raise cash for the Sheffield Institute Foundation, a charity for motor neurone disease. Fingers cross Don will have a pain free time for the rest of the journey.
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