Croc vic­tim fac­ing surgery

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

A YOUNG fish­er­man who mirac­u­lously sur­vived a mon­ster croc­o­dile at­tack will un­dergo mul­ti­ple op­er­a­tions for frac­tures and deep punc­ture wounds. A four-me­tre salt­wa­ter croc­o­dile at­tacked Todd Bairstow, 28, while he fished on a creek bank at Weipa on Cape York Penin­sula on Wed­nes­day. His in­juries are hor­rific, but not lifethreat­en­ing, and in­clude dis­lo­cated joints, mul­ti­ple punc­ture wounds and a frac­tured fin­ger. He un­der­went a sec­ond round of surgery yes­ter­day at the Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal. The four-hour surgery in­volved wash­ing out in­fected wounds, in­clud­ing a large one on his left knee, a hos­pi­tal spokes­woman said. She said his in­juries were ex­ten­sive and he would re­quire mul­ti­ple rounds of surgery. ‘‘ It was very in­ten­sive to clean those wounds,’’ she said. ‘‘ You can imag­ine what a croc­o­dile bite would be like.’’

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