Two medical emergencies | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Two medical emergencies

On the afternoon of Friday 22 July, the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waihi where a 53-year-old woman had become very unwell due to an existing medical condition. She was stabilised by St John paramedics before being flown to Waikato Hospital in a serious condition.
Shortly after leaving Waikato Hospital, the helicopter crew were tasked to Paeroa to a 54-year-old man who had suffered a serious cardiac event. He was stabilised by a local Doctor and St John staff before being flown to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.

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