Medical emergencies dominated missions over the past week for the Palmerston North Helicopter crew. Five out of seven missions were the result of patients who needed extremely urgent medical treatment.
The first mission of the week on Sunday, 16 August, was every parent’s worst nightmare.
A 9-year-old boy went missing from his home in Marton. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was tasked to assist with the search. This required the use of our specialist night equipment including use of Night Vision Goggles, a Forward-Looking Infrared Camera and our Nightsun search light. Fortunately, this mission had a happy ending and the child was reunited with his parents.
Mission two saw the Rescue Helicopter dispatched to Waiouru for a 3-year-old girl with medical emergency. She was airlifted with her mum to Whanganui Hospital. The following morning a medical emergency for a man in his 70s required the chopper to fly to Dannevirke. He was flown to Palmerston North Hospital.
Sunday, 23 August. the crew were dispatched to Raetihi for a medical mission. A woman is her 30s was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital. Later that afternoon we responded to a callout to Bulls after a teenager fall off his motocross bike. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.
The week culminated with two more medical emergencies – a man in his 50s was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital and a 7-month old boy was airlifted, accompanied by his Dad to Whanganui Hospital.
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Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.
Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.