Urbenville toddlers snake bite ordeal
By HANNAH ROSS firstname.lastname@example.org
SALLY MILLS is scared of snakes, so when she saw her baby daughter standing next to a metre-long black snake in their yard at Urbenville on Thursday afternoon, she grabbed her girl and ran.
It was not until she got little Emi inside that she realised the toddler had been bitten. Two puncture marks about three centimetres apart were clearly visible on Emi’s left forearm.
Fearing the worst, she bundled Emi up and rushed her to Urbenville Hospital. Mother and daughter were then taken by ambulance to the local school grounds, where the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was able to land and fly them to Lismore Base Hospital.
Sally and her partner Daniel Clements then spent a tense night awaiting the results of blood tests, which revealed the 14-month-old had suffered a ‘dry bite’, meaning the snake had not injected its venom as it struck.
The young family was nevertheless exhausted by their ordeal, passing the time yesterday at Lismore Base Hospital by catching up on some sleep.
Emi’s dad was working in the bush at Tooloom cutting fence posts when his co-worker’s wife drove up to tell him the news.
Daniel said he was ‘swearing a lot’ as he drove the half-hour back to Urbenville. He made it to the school grounds before the helicopter took off.
Emi did not seem to be in distress, which made the drive on to Lismore a bit easier.
He said the first thing he was going to do when they got Emi home was clean up the pallets and wood stacked around the shed in their back yard.
He believes the snake must have been in the wood pile when Sally and Emi went outside to hang some washing, and slithered out to the concrete slab under the washing line when Sally’s back was turned.
While still in hospital, the young couple had arranged for a wildlife carer to come around and take the snake away.
“Emi is a good girl. She is into birds and chooks and cows and stuff so she probably thought the snake was pretty interesting,” Daniel said.