Stephen’s broken hip stranded him. You came to his rescue. | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Stephen’s broken hip stranded him. You came to his rescue.

While Stephen and his wife were biking the Ohakune Old Coach Road Bike Train Stephen suddenly hit a patch of mud and tumbled from his bike, breaking his left hip.

“It was due to the fact that it was almost two hours by road to Whanganui Hospital, combined with the amount of pain I was suffering, that medics called the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter to airlift me out,” said Stephen.

An ambulance transported Stephen to the Ohakune rugby field, where the rescue helicopter was able to land. He was quickly loaded in and flown to Whanganui Hospital for a full hip replacement, and several weeks of recuperation.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the help and assistance given by your rescue helicopter’s fantastic service, and particularly your amazing crew that evening,” said Stephen. “I made a marvellous recovery and look forward to cycling again this year.”

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Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

The cost of this is huge. Your rescue helicopter has contracts with ACC, DHB’s and NZ police, providing approximately 50% of the operating costs. This means the remaining 50% of funding must come from the community.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued, or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

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