HDM records 10,000th rescue flight in Berlin

HDM records 10,000th rescue flight in Berlin

3-Jun-2011 Source: DRF Luftrettung

The Berlin station of the air rescue organisation HDM achieved its 10,000th mission on the night of 31 May its 10,000. The control center Lausitz alerted the crew at midnight to a patient who was injured in a riding accident.  A 43-year-old was in a barn being kicked repeatedly by a horse on the head and back. Immediately after the accident, the man seemed almost miraculously unhurt. About four hours later, the man suddenly complained of severe paralysis in the legs. The Berlin air rescue helicopter HDM was alerted and within minutes, “Christoph Berlin” was en route for the 30km flight to Kablow. The pilot landed the helicopter directly at the site, which had previously been illuminated by the volunteer fire department. Helicopter ambulance and paramedic immediately started emergency medical care of the seriously injured man. Because of the injury pattern of the patient, he was anesthetized for the transport and mechanical ventilation. He was then flown with suspected spinal injuries quickly and efficiently into the Emergency Hospital Berlin.

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