24 year-old gets the bends after diving excursion | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

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24 year-old gets the bends after diving excursion

On Saturday the TECT Rescue Helicopter crew were tasked for a hospital transfer for a female patient suffering from the bends.

She was transported from Tauranga Hospital to North Shore Hospital. The 24-year old female had woken in the early hours of the morning feeling the effects of the bends. She had been out for a diving excursion on Friday afternoon and had rapidly ascended during a dive.

She was put in a hyperbaric chamber for several hours at Devonport Naval Base.

The crew was then tasked to transfer a 67-year-old Tauranga man from Tauranga Hospital to Waikato Hospital with a cardiac condition for specialist treatment.

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