Bezos airlifted from cruise after kidney stone attack

Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos had to be airlifted from a boat in the Galapagos Islands on New Year's Day after suffering a kidney stone attack.

The Ecuadorean Navy took Bezos from the boat to the nearby Baltra island, from where he was flown to the U.S. for treatment. No surgery was required and Bezos is apparently now feeling fine.

While kidney stones aren't usually serious, the incident might prompt questions about a succession plan at Amazon.

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  • rajmadan
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    I wonder if a drone would be airlifting patients from cruise ships!
    5 Jan 2014, 09:12 AM Reply Like
  • gensearch2
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    You just came up with another business opportunity for Amazon.
    5 Jan 2014, 09:17 AM Reply Like
  • Stone Fox Capital
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    Comments (9636) | Send Message
    maybe it was a test to see how a system works and figure out how drones could do it better.
    5 Jan 2014, 03:38 PM Reply Like
  • kata
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    Well, if it were big enough and while not a self driving car, it would be a lot more accessible and a whole lot cheaper. Who exactly did they say called the President of Ecuador for this favor?
    5 Jan 2014, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • rajmadan
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    FAA will have to rule how the drone will be programmed in case the patient says "please let me down".
    5 Jan 2014, 11:21 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    "While kidney stones aren't usually serious, the incident might prompt questions about a succession plan at Amazon."


    The guy is 49 and had a kidney stone. Kidney stones don't generally kill you and certainly aren't a marker of early mortality to my knowledge.


    Seriously, these statements (along with others) make me question the intelligence of SA market current writers.
    5 Jan 2014, 12:22 PM Reply Like
  • Trade In Mexico
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    Chopchop, I think you are off the mark in questioning the
    intelligence of SA staff over this comment because nobody
    thinks kidney stones are a huge risk. The bigger picture
    point is that you have a stock with an enormously rich
    valuation and one guy who has been a genius at developing
    this company and the credibility to get people to buy into the
    (crazy in my opinion) valuation for years. The kidney stones
    incident is not an immediate concern, but 49 year old men do
    have heart attacks and other issues that could be more of an
    issue. A health problem does not have to be lethal to cause
    one person to slow down and it does not have to happen
    right away. When a hugely rich valuation is seemingly
    dependent on one man not only staying alive but also
    extremely healthy and active in order to keep the valuation aloft,
    even a small health problem could make investors wonder if
    there is more room to run considering that Bezos is not as
    young as he used to be.
    5 Jan 2014, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • Peter Larson
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    Passing a kidney stone also doesn't generally require the Navy to airlift you to the nearest hospital.
    5 Jan 2014, 04:27 PM Reply Like
  • Alex Cho
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    Well..... Jeff is pretty young. Honestly, we should be more worried about Berkshire Hathaway's succession plans over Amazon. Investors invest with a mindset of five years at max, unless they're cost averaging into a retirement plan. But I have NEVER seen anyone include Amazon into a retirement portfolio unless if something is mentally messed up inside of em. Anyhow, fun market current, I almost think the SA market current writers were half joking about that comment on succession.
    5 Jan 2014, 04:46 PM Reply Like
  • Gary J
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    "Passing a kidney stone also doesn't generally require the Navy to airlift you to the nearest hospital."


    I missed the part where there was positive kidney stone diagnosis on the boat. Apparently you did not.
    5 Jan 2014, 05:18 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    Succession should always be taken seriously.


    I suppose Alex you wouldn't remember when 2 Disney senior executives including Prez. Frank Wells died together in an airplane accident. Cementing Michael Ovitz tyranny (fortunately the peasants were rewarded richly).

    5 Jan 2014, 10:00 PM Reply Like
  • Bio Bull
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    Bezos is the face of Amazon, but I'd like to think there are intelligent people in charge there like at Google or Apple. Apple hasn't fallen apart (yet?).


    You don't have to be in your 40's to have a heart attack or stroke either! The same could've been said ten years ago or about any of a number of other companies.


    My guess is the only reason he was air lifted is because he wasn't sure what was going on. It can be scary having those symptoms and not knowing what to do or when it will stop. This is especially true if it is his first time having this condition.
    5 Jan 2014, 11:07 PM Reply Like
  • Jeffry Chmielewski
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    Funny how the Amazon PR machine puts out a press release nearly every day but doesn't disclose that CEO was airlifted due to a medical emergency 5 days ago.
    6 Jan 2014, 10:22 AM Reply Like
  • yohan
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    Well here we go, this forum's going to attract everyone that thinks they have something to say, no matter how frivolous it is, instead of learning to read what's important and leave meaningless remarks to themselves.
    5 Jan 2014, 01:05 PM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    quod erat demonstrandum
    5 Jan 2014, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • kata
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    Does ObamaCare cover this?
    5 Jan 2014, 01:14 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    Does ObamaCare cover this? Not the airlift but your insurance likely wouldn't cover it either.
    5 Jan 2014, 07:34 PM Reply Like
  • Lakeaffect
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    You gotta hand it to that Bezos guy. I endured a 10 day cruise last year. Shortly after departure I also wanted to be airlifted off.
    5 Jan 2014, 03:34 PM Reply Like
  • farstud
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    The small 'cruises' in Galapagos are amazing, not the huge boats that are full of Norovirus you're thinking of.
    5 Jan 2014, 10:48 PM Reply Like
  • KJP712
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    Get well soon,Jeff.
    5 Jan 2014, 09:50 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    He was conscious, but he was on a drip."
    6 Jan 2014, 03:33 AM Reply Like
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