Urgent transports for the TECT Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Urgent transports for the TECT Rescue Helicopter

At 5pm Friday 16 April, the TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to transport a 48-year-old woman needing immediate life-saving interventions from Tauranga Hospital to Waikato Hospital. The patient was cared for during the flight thanks to the flight nurse and Intensive Care Paramedic on board.

Later that evening the TECT Rescue Helicopter was sent to Taupo Hospital to retrieve a 1-year-old boy who sustained serious burns whilst on holiday with his family. The boy required further medical care at Waikato hospital.

 

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