Three serious medical emergencies in one afternoon | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Three serious medical emergencies in one afternoon

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Kawerau at 1.00pm, where a 58-year-old female had a serious medical event requiring immediate hospital care.

She was stabilised by St John paramedics before being flown to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.

On departure from Waikato Hospital at 3.20pm, the rescue helicopter was diverted to Kawhia, where a 48-year-old fisherman had a serious medical event needing immediate care.

Upon returning to Tauranga at 5.30pm, the rescue helicopter was dispatched again. This time to Whakatane hospital with a hospital ICU team airlift an 18-year-old with a serious medical condition back to Tauranga hospital.

The rescue helicopter was tasked to all three jobs due to the seriousness of the medical conditions and distance to the required hospitals. 

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