Medical airlift from Ruatoria | Philips Search and Rescue Trust


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Medical airlift from Ruatoria

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on Sunday 29 January, to the East Cape town of Ruatoria, where a 75-year-old local woman had suddenly become very unwell as the result of the onset of a serious medical condition.

She was stabilised by St John Paramedics before being flown to Gisborne Hospital in a critical condition.

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