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Medical emergency and a Horse riding accident

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Medical emergency and a Horse riding accident

The Palmerston North based Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Marton this morning at around 9:30 am for a 9 year old girl suffering a medical emergency. She was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a serious condition. The helicopter was called due to the time critical nature of the emergency.

Later in the afternoon around 4:30 pm the helicopter was dispatched to Ohakune where an 11 year old girl was injured after a fall from a horse. She sustained head injuries and was stabilised by St John paramedics and then airlifted to Wanganui. The helicopter was called due to the distance and nature of the injuries.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community contributions. The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service has been made possible through the generosity of community donations. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient. For further information about PSRT visit our website http://rescue.org.nz.

Organisation Background:
Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.
Encompassing six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, paramedics, flight nurses, Police and volunteer crewmen. In a life and death situation it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.

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