Cardiac arrest, Matamata | Philips Search and Rescue Trust


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Cardiac arrest, Matamata

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Matamata township, just 9 am on the 31 January for a 78-year-old Whanganui man, who was experiencing a serious cardiac arrest.

The rescue helicopter was able to land in the main street adjacent to the patient so the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic could assist the St John Paramedics already on the scene.
The gentleman was flown to Waikato Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

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