Elderly woman unresponsive in her Otaki home | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Elderly woman unresponsive in her Otaki home

On Wednesday afternoon the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter Crew was tasked to Otaki. Ōtaki is a town in the Kapiti Coast District of the North Island of New Zealand, situated halfway between the capital city Wellington, 70 km to the southwest, and Palmerston North.

An elderly woman was found lying in her home unresponsive. Once at the scene, the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic quickly tended to the lady.

The patient was transported to Wellington ED to receive immediate medical attention.


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