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.


We Need You

It could be you, your family, friends, staff or patrons that need us. Your support ensures the rescue helicopters are available in your community.

The Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters can be airborne in 10 minutes, and in a life and death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. It is the timely assistance that the rescue helicopters provides that can reduce disability and improve survival - the sooner resuscitation and treatment begins the greater chance of patient recovery.

But the cost of this is huge. Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters do not receive any funding from the New Zealand Government. Your local rescue helicopter does have contracts with ACC, DHB and New Zealand Police, but this only covers 47% of the operating costs. This means 53% of this must come from the community.

Without community support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 basis, which would mean a serious delay in people being rescued, or transported to and from hospital facilities for urgent treatment.

Becoming a supporter of your local rescue helicopters means you will be making a life-saving difference in your community.

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