Mother and son flown to Waikato Hospital | Philips Search and Rescue Trust


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Mother and son flown to Waikato Hospital

The Waikato Westpac Rescue helicopter  was tasked to airlift a mother and son, from Waihi, just before 8pm on 25 August.
Both had sustained back, neck and leg burns, following an incident with a pressure cooker in their home. They were attended treated at the scene by Intensive Care Paramedics prior to being flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

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