Rescue chopper call outs

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The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew 12 missions in the week to Friday.

On October 29 the chopper flew to Levin for a woman in her 40s with a medical emergency. She was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Wellington Hospital for specialist treatment.

On the return journey the helicopter landed in Shannon for an elderly man who had a medical emergency which required the on board St John's Intensive Care Paramedic. He was transported to Palmerston North Hospital.

Later that evening the helicopter was sent to Taihape for a woman in her 20s with abdominal injuries. She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.

The next day the crew flew a morning mission to Levin for a woman in her 30s who was having difficulties with her pregnancy and required urgent transportation to Palmerston North Hospital. Following that the helicopter was tasked to Akitio where a six week old baby needed medical treatment and transfer to the Palmerston North Hospital.

Later that afternoon the helicopter was dispatched to Otaki where a woman in her 20s was located with an abdominal injury which required urgent medical attention at Wellington Hospital.

On October 31 the chopper was called to Taihape for a nine year old boy with a medical emergency. He was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Whanganui hospital.

On November 2 the chopper went to Ngamahanga in the Hawkes Bay for a man in his 70s with a medical emergency. He was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Hastings Hospital. Later in the evening the helicopter was dispatched to a car accident on State Highway 1 just south of Levin.The driver of the car, a woman in her 60s, was extracted from the car by the Levin Fire brigade and was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Palmerston North.

On Thursday the crew went on a morning mission to Raetihi for a man in his 30s injured by a falling tree. He was stabilised on scene by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.

On Friday afternoon the rescue chopper went to Levin for a woman with a medical emergency. She was airlifted to Palmerston North hospital.

That evening the helicopter was sent to an eight year old boy with a medical emergency in Taihape. Due to the weather he was transported by road and met the helicopter in Mangaweka. He was then airlifted, along with his mum, to Palmerston North hospital.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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