Scary scene in Australia: In the tropical state of Queensland, a young woman was bitten in her sleep by one of the world's most venomous snakes.
According to rescue workers, the animal attacked the bed Friday night, according to the ABC station. It is said to be the “Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textiles)” found only in Australia and New Guinea. In one photo her head can be seen sticking out from under the blanket.
After the “Inland Taipan” native to Australia, venomous snakes are considered the most venomous snakes on earth. In Australia, an average of one to two people die from snake bites each year. Attacks by the same eastern brown snake have been rampant in most parts of the country in recent years.
However, the woman in Queensland was lucky: thanks to the immediate first aid of her family, she immediately called the rescue helicopter, and she is in a serious but stable condition.
An emergency physician described the initial treatment: “Relatives held the patient's arm very still and wrapped it tightly in a snake bandage.” This prevented the poison from spreading towards the center of the body. The woman is now being treated at a hospital in the nearby big city of Toowoomba.
“In my experience, being bitten while sleeping is very unusual,” the doctor emphasized. He also spoke of a “terrible situation”.
According to local emergency services, an increase in snakebites has been noted due to warmer weather. In the last week alone, around 30 operations have taken place across the country.
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