According to CNBC, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos received emergency treatment on New Year’s Day for kidney stones. Bezos was airlifted from the Galápagos by an Ecuadorian navy helicopter. Bezos was in the area on a cruise ship. He was flow to the U.S. later on for treatment.
Bezos was flown by the navy helicopter from Academy Bay in Santa Cruz Island to his private jet on Baltra Island. Helicopter captain Juan Ibarra said that Bezos was aboard a cruise ship when vacationing on the islands.
“I sent Jeff your note and here’s what he sent back: ‘Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars,'” stated Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener in an e-mailed response to BusinessInsider.