Snake Bite

Snake bite victim saved through heroic efforts

Lucy John, mother of three, is from the village of Wabo in the lowlands of Gulf Province. This lowland region is home to the death adder – a highly venomous snake.

Mrs John and her husband were completing their day’s tasks when she was bitten.Her husband, Iksy John, knew her life was in grave danger and that an antivenom dose was the only way to save her. He also knew that the antivenom could be found at the Oil Search seismic base camp, located on the river bank some 40km away.  

What to do when you’re bitten by a snake

So if these snakes live on the ground and not in the trees, this means that 80 percent of the bites occur on the feet or ankle.

Thus, it is advisable to wear shoes or boots in order to prevent being vulnerable to these bites.

In its aim to reduce snakebites, Charles Campbell Toxinology Centre has been appealing to charities, foundation, shoe manufactures, shipping companies to assist by putting shoes on Papua New Guinean feet.

Remember: 80 percent of venomous snakebites occur below the knee.

Python in the loo bites Thai man's penis

Attaporn Boonmakchuay was smiling as Thai television stations interviewed him in his hospital bed about the intimate intrusion, and doctors said he would recover. But photos of his blood-splattered bathroom in Chachoengsao province, east of Bangkok, were testimony to his ordeal.

The 38-year-old told Thai TV Channel 7 that he struggled to remove the snake for 30 minutes Wednesday before he managed to free himself with help from his wife and a neighbor. After his wife tied a rope around the snake, Attaporn pried open its jaws before passing out.

Girl's desperate jungle journey to find antidote after deadly snake bite

Relatives pushed Sim Pala through muddy jungle tracks on a wheelbarrow, paddled her across rivers by canoe, and loaded her onto an old lorry to get her to a hospital 35 miles away in time to save her life.

The incredible journey through some of the world's most inhospitable terrain took seven hours - more than enough time for Sim to have died from the bite of the deadly Papuan Taipan snake, yet somehow she pulled through.