Callout to premature baby | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Callout to premature baby

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched just after 5 am on Tuesday 12th June 2018 to Te Kuiti to airlift a baby girl that was born prematurely at 23-weeks. Both her and her mother were flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

The previous day. at 2 pm, the rescue helicopter airlifted a 74-year-old male patient, suffering from stroke symptoms from a rural Waimiha property. The patient was stabilised and attended to by intensive care paramedics and an onboard doctor, whilst being flown to Waikato Hospital.


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