The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatchedWaihi twice on Thursday 18 August.
The first at approximately 10am was for a 63-year-old local man who had collapsed whilst out checking stock on his farm and became unconscious. His companion raised the alarm and local emergency services were dispatched along with the helicopter. He was flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.
Immediately after this, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Waihi for a second mission. This time it was for a 70-year-old local man who was suspected of suffering a heart attack. After presenting at the Waihi Medical Centre, an ambulance was called to take the man to meet the helicopter at a local sports field. He was then flown directly to Waikato Hospital for potential life-saving treatment.
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Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.
We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.
Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.
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