Woodville Asthma Attack | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Woodville Asthma Attack

On Wednesday, April 21, the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter attended to a female patient suffering an asthma attack in Woodville.

Making use of the equipt night vision goggles, the onboard crew located and stabilised the patient before flying her to Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.

That same day, they responded to a female patient in her sixties in Taihape with severe abdominal pain.

The patient was transported to Whanganui Hospital.


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