Snakes strike with another bite

JUST two days after a Tweed man died from a brown snake bite, a two-year-old Murwillumbah child was rushed to hospital on Thursday evening with a suspected snake bite.

The child was reportedly taken to Murwillumbah Hospital and transferred immediately to Tweed.

Quoting privacy restrictions, Tweed Heads Hospital CEO Trish Hogan said she could not release any details of the case.

Ms Hogan said the child was released from Tweed Hospital late yesterday morning, but a snake bite had not been confirmed as the reason for the admission to hospital.

Renowned water-diviner, Fred Brooks, died in Tweed Hospital on Tuesday night after being bitten by a brown snake in his vegetable patch earlier that morning.

Mr Brooks' son Geoff said his mother Irene had come into town and his 89-year-old father was alone at his Brooks Road, Kynnumboon, home when he was bitten.

"He killed the snake then went inside and called triple-0 emergency and then an ambulance came and took him to Murwillumbah Hospital," Geoff Brooks said.

Mr Brooks said his father was treated with brown snake anti-venom, but died from a brain haemorrhage at around 9.20pm on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to Taylors Arm, south-west of Macksville, on Wednesday afternoon, after a 10-year-old boy was bitten by a red-bellied black snake.

The boy was treated by Macksville ambulance with anti-venom, and was flown to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for treatment.

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