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Surgery Performed On Soviet Fishing Crew Member

February 4, 1986

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A 26-year-old Soviet fishing crew member who suffered a miscarriage at sea was in good condition today after surgery in San Diego, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Svetlana Prokudina, who was airlifted to shore from the Soviet trawler Gnevnyy, was operated on at 6 p.m. Monday, said Diane Yohe, a spokeswoman for Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Yohe said Prokudina could be released from the hospital today. She said hospital officials had to contact the Soviet Consulate in San Francisco to arrange transportation for Prokudina either back to her ship or home to the Soviet Union.

Yohe said Dr. Gary Vandenberg first suspected the woman was experiencing a tubular pregnancy but discovered she was suffering a miscarriage in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Vandenberg operated to remove the fetus from the woman’s uterus, Yohe said.

Prokudina had been suffering abdominal pains and bleeding for four days, Yohe said. A doctor on her ship requested medical assistance Monday morning when the pain worsened.

Prokudina speaks no English, but Bob Chernon, the hospital’s assistant personnel manager, speaks Russian and acted as an interpreter, Yohe said.

According to Yohe, Prokudina told doctors she is from Vladisvostok, is married and has a 3-year-old son. She is a food worker on the Gnevnyy, a fishing and processing ship.

Coast Guard chief Frank Casey said a distress signal from the 332-foot vessel was picked up when the ship was about 250 miles northwest of San Diego. Casey said the Coast Guard’s medical evacuation aircraft can’t go that far, so it was dispatched when the trawler came within 200 miles of the coast.

By the time the H-3 ″Pelican″ helicopter and a Falcon jet patrol plane reached the ship, it was 196 miles northwest of San Diego, Casey said.

Casey said Prokudina arrived at the Coast Guard Air Station at about 9:30 a.m. and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

The trawler had an international insurance policy that paid for the woman’s medical care, Yohe said.

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