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Busy start to the week for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched three times on the 9th and 10th of September.

The first mission was at 4.30pm on the 9th September to Levin where an 8 year old boy had suffered a serious head injury as a result of being hit by a car.

The boy was stabilised at the scene by the Onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Wellington Hospital for further assessment.

The second mission was on 10 September 7.20pm.  The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Dannevirke to transport a patient who had suffered a medical emergency.

The patient was stabilised at the scene by the Onboard Intensive Care Paramedic and then airlifted to the Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.

Later that evening, at around 10.30pm, he rescue team were once again dispatched, this time to Taihape.  An 8 month old child had swallowed a small object.

The child was treated at the scene by the Onboard Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to the Palmerston North Hospital for further assesment.

 

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