Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Long Haul by Air for Crash Victim

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Long Haul by Air for Crash Victim

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A CRASH victim on the NSW Mid North Coast was airlifted to a Queensland hospital due to bad weather, not a shortage of beds, the NSW Government has said.

Georgie Batterson was flown 400km to the Gold Coast for emergency surgery after suffering critical injuries in a car crash on the Pacific Highway last weekend.

The 56-year-old was originally taken to Kempsey Hospital on Saturday night, where a doctor on the Westpac rescue helicopter spent two hours calling hospitals in Sydney and Newcastle trying to find an intensive care bed for her.

She was eventually airlifted to a private hospital on the Gold Coast, where she remains in an induced coma.

NSW Health Minister John Della Bosca yesterday said beds were available at St George, Nepean and Liverpool hospitals but a storm prevented the helicopter from making the trip.

"Between Kempsey and Sydney there was a storm of such magnitude that the doctors on board the chopper and the chopper pilot made the decision that it was quicker and safer to remove her to the Gold Coast trauma centre," Mr Della Bosca said. …

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