Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos holds a new front-lit Kindle Paperwhite 3G reading device during a press conference on September 6, 2012 in Santa Monica (image credit David McNew/Getty)
Alistair Barr, USA TODAY
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com and new owner of The Washington Post, suffered a kidney stone attack while celebrating the New Year in the Galapagos Islands and had to be rushed back to the U.S.
On New Year's Day, an Ecuadorian navy helicopter flew Bezos from Academy Bay in Santa Cruz Island, where he was aboard a cruise ship, to his private jet on Baltra Island. He was then taken to the U.S. for emergency treatment, according to a summary of local newspaper reports by The Galapagos Digital website.
"Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars," Bezos said, through Amazon.com spokesman Drew Herdener.
"He got a good Outcome. No surgery was required, and he's feeling well," Herdener added in an e-mail to USA TODAY.