On Sunday, June 21 the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene of a single-vehicle crash on the intersection of the Napier-Taupo road and Mcvicar road after 4pm.
Road Ambulance and staff were already at the scene when the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter arrived. Another rescue helicopter from Hawkes Bay could not make it to the scene due to the torrential weather so amazingly the on-duty Intensive Care Paramedic (ICP) got in his car and drove to the scene to assist Nigel Bryant, Intensive Care Paramedic for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter.
Two children were critically ill. The ICP was able to perform an RSI (Rapid Sequence Intubation) on both children. Because the weather was so bad and getting worse the crew were not able to make it out so the 10-year-old and 4 years old were transported to Hastings Hospital by road with Intensive Care Paramedics on board.
It was a team effort by all emergency services that attended and the speed and agility of the rescue helicopter, to get critical resources to the patients quickly.
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