Aged tourist airlifted

A 93-YEAR-OLD Victorian woman is in a stable condition after suffering from a respiratory condition that prompted her being airlifted from Lindeman Island last Thursday afternoon.

The woman has a history of asthma and her respiratory problem became progressively worse over a 24-hour period and it was decided an airlift was necessary.

The RACQ CQ RESCUE helicopter transferred the elderly woman and her husband from Lindeman Island Club Med to Mackay Base Hospital.

It was the first-ever helicopter flight for the patient's 90-year old spouse, according to RACQ CQ RESCUE crewman Paul Price.

“It was a beautiful clear day in the Whitsundays for the gentleman's first flight,” Mr Price said.

“We were even able to see a few whales on the way back to Mackay.

“It was a pity his flight wasn't under better circumstances.”

The woman arrived at Mackay Base Hospital at 4.05pm in a stable condition.

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