Rapid response flight for 2 month old | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Rapid response flight for 2 month old

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at midday on Wednesday 4 July to transport a 2-month-old boy with an obstructed bowel from Whakatane Hospital.

The boy was flown on a rapid response flight to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.

The previous day, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to transfer a 56-year-old Rotorua man from Rotorua Hospital to Middlemore Hospital. The man had an on-going medical condition that required specialist treatment.


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