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Medical emergency flights keep rescue helicopter busy

Medical emergency flights have kept the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter exceptionally busy over the past week. Here’s just a snippet of the missions the crew have attended.

Tuesday 28 July

The crew were paged to an evening mission to Ohakune, for a man in his 30s as a result of a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital. The mission was completed using Night Vision Goggles.

Friday 31 July

Crew responded to a morning call out to Levin.  A man in his 70s suffered a medical emergency and was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

Saturday 1 August

A morning mission for a man in his 40’s who was involved in a motor vehicle accident while driving his truck on the Desert Road. Due to adverse weather he was transported by road to Taihape, where he was met by the helicopter. He was then airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

Monday 3 August

An evening mission to Taihape for a 7-month-old baby boy with a medical emergency. He was airlifted, along with his mum, to Whanganui Hospital. The mission was completed with the crew using Night Vision Goggles.

Wednesday 5 August

The crew were paged at midday to Raetihi for a 4-month-old baby boy with a medical emergency. He was airlifted, along with his mum, to Whanganui Hospital. Later that evening the helicopter was sent to a motor vehicle accident south of Shannon involving 3 vehicles. There were multiple patients with the helicopter transporting a man with multiple injuries to Wellington Hospital. The rest of the patients were transported by road to Palmerston North Hospital.

Friday 7 August

A morning mission to Taihape for a 7-month-old baby boy with a medical emergency. He was airlifted, along with his mum, to Wanganui Hospital.

Saturday 8 August

A morning mission to Ohakune for a man in his 50’s with a medical emergency. He was airlifted to Wanganui Hospital.

It is only because of your support the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter can continue to provide a life-saving rescue service. To learn more about the lives we have touched, read our heart-tugging patient stories.

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