On Saturday the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to six different locations for multiple missions throughout the day.
It all started in the early hours of the morning – 12.10am. The crew was dispatched to Te Aroha where a woman was having birthing difficulties. She was airlifted to Waikato Hospital for immediate attention.
At 9.00am the crew was tasked to Whakatane Hospital for a medical transfer. They brought back a new-born baby to Waikato’s New-Born Unit.
Shortly after their return, the crew headed out to Waerenga for a motocross accident that had taken place at 11.00am. The Intensive Care Paramedic oversaw the 15-year old male whilst en route to Auckland Hospital.
At 2.30pm the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Whangapoua on the Coromandel Peninsula. The 64-year-old female patient was airlifted to Waikato Hospital for medical care.
A few hours later at 6.30pm the crew was tasked to Whakatane Hospital for a medical transfer of a young girl. She was airlifted back to Waikato Hospital, closely overseen by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic.
The last mission the crew was called out to was at 9.40pm. The team flew directly to Rotorua Hospital for a male who was suffering from a post-cardiac arrest. The 60-year-old male was airlifted back to Waikato Hospital to received immediate medical attention.
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