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Rescue chopper ‘saved my life’

THANKFUL: Diana Stimson with Snowy Hydro Southcare Doctor Kelvin Grove in Canberra on Friday. Picture: ContributedDiana Stimson was glowing in praise for the rescue crew that saved her life.
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Ms Stimson found herself in a world of pain in December 2014 when riding a dirt bike with her partneron a property.

The Griffith resident lost control of the bike, hit a stump and flew over the handlebar, hitting two trees.

The paramedics were called and decided the injuries were serious and contacted Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter.

“I wouldn’t be alive without them,” Ms Stimson said.

Ms Stimson was flown to Canberra Hospital with fractured vertebrae in her neck and a shattered right leg.

She will never regain movement in her rightwrist or handand her leg still has not healed, but the result could have been much worse.

Snowy Hydro SouthCare is urging the public to support its service with a number of events planned throughout the month.

The demand for the service is continually growing with the rescue helicopter now averagingmore than 500 missions a year with almost 6500 life-changing missions since its inception.

“The Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue helicopter is a community resource that is on call 24hours a day, every day of the year, providing a vital service to our region’s one millionresidents and five million annual visitors,” Snowy Hydro SouthCare Trust chiefChris Kimballsaid.

“The rescue helicopter provides rapid response to medical traumas, transports criticalpatients between hospitals for specialised care and provides search and rescue as well asbushfire support functions.”

The Snowy Hydro SouthCare primary service covers an area from as west as Hay, north to Sydney, and south to the Victorian border from its Canberra base.

“Accidents and illnesses don’t discriminate, it could be a car crash on a lonely country road, abushwalker lost in the mountains or a seriously ill patient in a regional hospital,” Mr Kimball said.

“Saving lives, however, is an expensive business with the average flying hour now costing inexcess of $5000. That’s why ongoing community support is vital to helping keeping therescue helicopter in the air and providing specialist service.”

Mr Kimball hopedthe public could get involved in the group’sawareness month by either attending akey event, becoming a volunteer, or holding a fundraising event like a barbecue.

The three key events held throughout month include the Snowy HydroSouthCare Trivia Night on Thursday,March 10, from 6pm at the Canberra Deakin Club,a corporate golf day on Thursday, March 31,from 11am at theFederal Golf Club and its must-attend base open day on Sunday, March 20,from 10amto 3pm at the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter Base in Hume.

“The annual Snowy Hydro SouthCare Base Open Day is a great opportunity to see thehelicopter up close, meet some of the team and have a great day out with the family,” MrKimball said.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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