Weekend round-up for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Weekend round-up for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

On Saturday 18 November, at approximately 10.30 am the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Taumarunui to retrieve a 71-year-old local woman who had fallen in her home and had sustained and suspected upper leg fracture.
She was stabilised at the scene by paramedics and the flow to Waikato Hospital for further treatment.
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on Sunday 19 November around 6.30 pm to Mangakino for a 23-year-old woman who had an unplanned premature home birth. Both mum and baby were stabilised and flown to Waikato Hospital.
Then 5 am on Monday 20 November, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to a farmer near Waihaha, Western Bays, Lake Taupo for a 68-year-old man who was experiencing chest pains. He was stabilised by paramedics at the scene before being flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

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