LifeNet lands at Pima football field to airlift patient to Tucson hospital

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: A LifeNet helicopter waits for the transfer of a patient from Lifeline Ambulance at Pima’s Edd Hubbard Field.

By Jon Johnson

PIMA – Sirens rang out throughout Pima on Monday as paramedics with Lifeline Ambulance and LifeNet helicopter medical transport responded to a medical call.

According to a Graham County Sheriff’s Office report, Lifeline paramedics responded to a residence off Klondyke Road after Alice Withers, 44, was found unconscious and unresponsive on the floor of her motorhome by her mother.

Thinking the patient might have suffered an opiate overdose, paramedics administered Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride), the opioid antagonist used in the treatment of an opioid emergency. However, the treatment had no effect and paramedics noticed signs that Withers may have suffered a possible stroke.

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Herald: Paramedics move the patient into the helicopter for transport to TMC. As of Thursday, she was listed as being in critical condition.

At about 11:52 a.m., a LifeNet helicopter landed at Pima High School’s Edd Hubbard Field and waited for the ground ambulance to arrive. Withers was then transferred to the helicopter and was flown to Tucson Medical Center (TMC).

As of 3 p.m. Thursday, Withers was listed as being in critical condition at TMC, according to a hospital public information officer.