Wasp Sting Rescue

The Mountain Rescue service was called out to rescue a French woman in the Sierra Nevada area after she was stung by a wasp.

GRA Rescue Helicopter Foot on SkidThe 77-year-old woman, who is allergic to wasp stings, had gone into anaphylactic shock whilst out walking in the Alto del Chorrillo area within the municipality of Capileira.

When the rescuers, who had arrived in helicopter after picking up a doctor at the heliport in Pitres, found the victim, her tongue and lips had already swollen up and she was having breathing difficulties, making it impossible for her to continue under her own steam.

The doctor managed to stabilise her condition before they loaded her into the the helicopter for a return flight to the Pitres heliport, where an ambulance awaited to take her to the main hospital in Granada.

Editorial comment: it would take at least an hour by road from Pitres to the city of Granada and as the helicopter had to return to its base in Armilla, a minute or two flying time from the PTS hospital, which is also in Armilla, why didn’t they just fly her there?

(News: Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia)

  4 comments for “Wasp Sting Rescue

  1. September 21, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Barry: yes, I realise that; there was no rush getting her there but the helicopter was going that way anyway.

    The manhours involved in sending an ambulance from Pitres, which will have to drive to Pampaneira and then Órgiva, Lanjarón, just to reach the autovia, is wasteful. It’s just over 4km from the airbase in Armilla to the PTS hospital.

    In fact, they could have arranged an ambulance from the airbase to the Armilla medical centre.

    There is no point whatsoever, (that I can see if this information is correct) in doubling up on transportation costs by sending an ambulance from Pitres heliport (remember the ambulance has to drive there first, probably from Pampaneira) to the main Granada hospital (PTS) which virtually lies within the same municipality as the airbase.

    Of course, the ambulance migh only have had to take her to the nearest medical centre, which is probably in Órgiva or even down to Hospital Santa Ana. That would make more sense and is probably the case.

  2. September 21, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Barry: As you get older, you start stuffering from these allergies. In my case, I never had any allergies, other than to work, but as soon as I turned 60, I began to react to bee stings but not to wasps. However, this summer, I found out that wasps cause me to react, too.

    Getting around mostly on a bike, it’s a problem, because you’re always colliding with insects, which don’t take kindly to being taken out by some git on a bike.

    It’s a pisser getting older. I have epi pens in the fridge at home, by the way.

  3. Patrick Barry Storey
    September 21, 2022 at 9:03 am

    As to your question Martin.
    If she had been stabilised by the helicopter Doctor. Then I guess it’s either to down time for Pilots or Doctor. Or cost.
    As once stable. Then the rush is over.

  4. Patrick Barry Storey
    September 21, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Just a question. ?
    If you know you can badly suffer from anaphylaxis.
    Then at least carry an antihistamine packet. Pop two itablets , if required or if possible and not so hard. An Epi pen. Will save your life. !!
    I’m not knocking her going for a walk at her age. Just taking unnecessary chance on life.!

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