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The Life Flight Trust Responds To Injured Mountain Biker

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

At 1220 this afternoon the Life Flight Trust responded to Maupuia Park, Miramar, where a woman had come off her mountain bike and collided with a tree.. Life Flight responded with a Wellington Free Paramedic on board the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The patient, a 28 year old Wellington woman, was riding down a steep incline when she lost control of her bike, impacting head first with a tree. Wellington Free Ambulance road paramedics had already reached the scene of the accident and requested the assistance of the helicopter due to the steep and bush clad terrain.

The helicopter paramedic was winched down to the patient along with a special winch stretcher. Paramedics stabilized the patient who was then placed on to the stretcher and winched up to the helicopter.

The patient was flown to Wellington Hospital Emergency Department where she is being further assessed and treated for hers injuries which are believed to include a possible fractured nose.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was on display at the Life Flight Open Day when the emergency call out occurred.

Approximately 5,000 people attended the Open Day to see demonstrations and displays from the Life Flight crew and eight other emergency services. More than $14,000 in donations was raised at the event to help keep Life Flight's air ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter service operational.

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