​​​Craig’s tough—he’s been a Parks and Wildlife Ranger for 30 years. He never thought he’d need the Royal Flying Doctor Service but, one day, he did. 

Craig was casting a line off Captain Billy Landing on the Cape York Peninsula, taking every care. Then as he turned to leave, a crocodile launched at him from nowhere. 

Craig was alone—fighting a 3 metre crocodile for his life.

​​​​​​​The crocodile clamped its jaws around his leg. It thrashed and rolled. Somehow, despite serious wounds to his legs and hands, Craig managed to push it back into the water.

There was no phone reception—no way to get help. So bravely Craig wrapped a t-shirt around his most serious injury—his degloved right hand. 

Bleeding heavily, he drove back to the ranger station and called the Flying Doctor. With no time to lose, RFDS Doctor Katrina explained to Craig’s fellow ranger Dave how to stop the heavy bleeding and administer pain relief. Dave then drove Craig to Bramwell Station where the aeromedical team landed and moved fast to treat Craig’s wounds.  

RFDS Patient Trauma Kits contain everything needed to treat a seriously injured patient like Craig, from essential equipment like a heart monitor to vital supplies like bandages, dressings, pain relief and antibiotics. 

Once Craig’s wounds were cleaned and bandaged, he was flown to Cairns where he had surgery. He knows he’s lucky to be alive. 

Your gift today could help equip our aeromedical teams with Patient Trauma Kits and help save lives.

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Daisy was still in her mum Shantell’s womb when she first flew from Rockhampton to Brisbane with the Flying Doctor. Although she’d only been there 32 weeks, a team of specialists were waiting to deliver her two months early after her mum developed severe preeclampsia.


Maddison spent a whole year in Brisbane and in hospital before she was well enough to return home. It was tough being apart from her brother Andrew for so long, and even tougher when she had to return to hospital again just days later after developing a severe infection.

In total, the Flying Doctor has had to fly Maddison five times in two years. She’s home now, and it makes her feel so safe to know that if anything goes wrong this Christmas, the Flying Doctor is ready to help – thanks to generous people like you.