A life saved in Kaipara

Whangarei Report - - SPORT -

Dar­gav­ille res­i­dent Jenny Fin­layson had a black spot in her mem­ory for a few weeks last year. She can’t re­mem­ber how or why she woke up in hos­pi­tal, watch­ing and lis­ten­ing in­tently as peo­ple asked her what her name was and to iden­tify where she was.

What she didn’t know at the time, was that she was wak­ing up from a coma, in the in­ten­sive care unit at Whangarei Hos­pi­tal, weeks af­ter fall­ing ill with what she thought was ‘just the flu’.

The now 71-year-old re­calls feel­ing un­well and head­ing to the doc­tors, where was pre­scribed rest for pneu­mo­nia and a few days off work.

She did as she was told and went home to rest, only to start feel­ing worse as time went by.

Home alone and rest­ing is the last mem­ory she has of her or­deal. With fam­ily find­ing her quite un­well on their ar­rival at home, she was rushed to Dar­gav­ille Hos­pi­tal by her hus­band and daugh­ter - with the doc­tors at the hos­pi­tal re­al­is­ing swiftly that she was in grave dan­ger. “Ap­par­ently my or­gans were start­ing to shut down. I had sep­sis and I was in a bad way. The North­land Res­cue Chop­per was called to fly me to Whangarei Hos­pi­tal and I was put into an in­duced coma,” she says. Jenny be­lieves the quick ac­tions by the doc­tors and the speed in which the he­li­copter ar­rived and flew her to Whangarei Hos­pi­tal saved her life.

“On ar­rival at Whangarei Hos­pi­tal, I was ad­mit­ted to the ICU where I was for three weeks. I woke up af­ter five days and had no idea where I was, or what had hap­pened. I thought I might have been in a car crash un­til they told me the de­tails.

“I found out af­ter­wards that even the nurses who had worked on me that night in Dar­gav­ille Hos­pi­tal were un­sure of whether I would make it. It was that close. “That he­li­copter saved my life, it truly did. I was so close to death and the speed of that flight played a ma­jor part in me be­ing here to­day.”

Jenny says the he­li­copters are an es­sen­tial ser­vice that is so heav­ily re­lied upon across the reaches of North­land.

“Those he­li­copters re­ally do save lives, I am liv­ing proof of that. I urge peo­ple to sup­port them.”

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