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Busy week for Careflight NT medical staff

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CAREFLIGHT: A CareFlight King Air turbo-prop aircraft was tasked to Borroloola yesterday afternoon, after a 58-year-old man suffered a suspected broken femur in a single vehicle crash on the Savannah Way, about 65km east of Borroloola.

Borroloola clinic staff and first responders provided vital care for the 58-year-old and transported the man to Borroloola airstrip, where he was met by a CareFlight nurse and flight doctor at around 4.20pm.

He was airlifted to Royal Darwin Hospital where he arrived in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, the CareFlight Top End Rescue Helicopter with a flight doctor and flight nurse on board was tasked to Pirlangimpi/Garden Point on Melville Island where a five-year-old boy needed urgent medical treatment after being immersed in water for an unknown length of time.

CareFlight, who operates the Top End Medical Retrieval Service on behalf of the NT Government, was alerted to the plight of the boy and airlifted him to Royal Darwin Hospital in a stable but serious condition at 4pm yesterday afternoon.

CareFlight crews praised the efforts, care and help of everyone involved in both incidents.

The rollover near Borroloola was the third serious motor vehicle crash CareFlight attended in as many days.

On Monday six people, including two babies, were airlifted to Darwin after they were injured in a rollover on the Stuart Highway near Emerald Springs.

And on Tuesday a 50-year-old man was medivacced to Royal Darwin Hospital after he was involved in a car crash on a remote stretch of road near Woodycupildiya, about an hour from Peppimenarti in the Daly River region.

IMAGE/CAREFLIGHT (CareFlight Top End Rescue Helicopter at Pirlangimpi)