When patient meets pilot | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

When patient meets pilot

On 26 July 2016 at approximately 10.30pm, the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Opotiki, to attend a car accident. A 19-year-old male involved in the accident was critically injured.
He was stabilised by the specialist on-board paramedic before being flown to Tauranga Hospital. The rescue helicopter was utilised due to the life-threatening injuries the patient has suffered.
Yesterday, that patient, James Rolleston met the Pilot of that life-saving flight, Ben Fry.
At the time of the accident, due to his injuries, James was unaware that he was flown from the accident scene by the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter or that it was the on-board paramedic that stabilised him. 
He was extremely grateful that the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was there that night, and the rapid-response of the rescue helicopter that got him to treatment within the critical “golden hour”.
As part of James’s gratitude he offered Pilot Ben Fry his support for this essential community service.

We Need You

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

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