Injured children airlifted

Last updated 13:00 28/01/2013

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A 6-year-old Christchurch girl who had a 20cm twig lodged in her eye, and a 6-month-old baby with a wasp sting in her mouth were two of the jobs the Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter was called to yesterday.

The helicopter was called to pick up the 6-year-old from Murchison yesterday afternoon. She was treated by the helicopter's intensive care paramedic and flown to Nelson Hospital.

St John team manager Gary Tobin said the girl had been camping in the Nelson area with her family and on their way back to Christchurch they stopped at St Arnaud for an orienteering event.

The girl fell over and a thin twig, about 20cm long, became lodged in her eye socket.

Mr Tobin said the girl's father was able to get some of the twig out and they then drove to the Murchison medical centre, where she received further treatment before being flown to Christchurch Hospital.

He said it was a serious eye injury and the girl had been very brave.

It was the third child the helicopter had been called to treat in 12 hours.

At 2am yesterday it was called to pick up a 5-year-old Blenheim girl with breathing difficulties from Portage in Kenepuru Sound. She was flown to Wairau Hospital.

A 6-month-old baby who had been stung in the mouth by a wasp was earlier flown from the Tophouse area to Nelson Hospital.

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