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Two girls suffer neck injuries

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Te Kuiti, yesterday afternoon, to retrieve an 11-year old girl who fell approximately 6 metres from a playground construct at her school and landed on her head.

She was flown to Waikato Hospital with head and neck injuries, accompanied by her mother.

A few hours later, the helicopter was again dispatched, to Matamata this time, for a 16-year old girl who suffered a neck injury from a tackle while playing Rugby. She was also taken to Waikato in stable condition. In both cases, the helicopter was dispatched due to the potential for permanent disability in injuries of this sort.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Waikato King Country’s principal sponsor, Westpac. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.


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