Urgent flight to Starship Hospital | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Urgent flight to Starship Hospital

On the evening on Saturday 30 June, the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was tasked to transfer a 14-month-old boy to Starship Hospital for urgent medical care.  The onboard flight nurse kept baby and mum comfortable whilst flying to Auckland.

Due to the urgent nature of the medical treatment the boy required, the rescue helicopter was the most efficient way of transporting him.  The flight was conducted with the aid of Night Vision Goggles.

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