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Seriously ill man reaches Australian hospital 16 days after Antarctic medical emergency

A seriously ill man has reached an Australian hospital more than two weeks after he suffered a medical emergency at a remote Antarctic base.

The Australian Antarctic Division said in a statement that the patient was admitted to a hospital in Hobart, Australia's mostly southerly city, on Friday after he had travelled aboard an icebreaker for 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) through rough and ice-jammed seas from Australia's Davis Station on the coast of Princess Elizabeth Land.

The division's chief medical officer Jeff Ayton said the patient had been transferred by ambulance from the icebreaker, Aurora Australis, to the Royal Hobart Hospital where he remained in serious but stable condition.

Authorities have released no personal details about the man and have not revealed the nature of his medical emergency.