Sunday, April 11, 2010

[almost] 6 year old boy + Eastern Brown Snake = SCARY

The Eastern Brown Snake is the second most venomous land snake in the world after the Inland Taipan. Their venom is very toxic, and can be fatal; even juveniles have caused human fatalities. The venom contains both neurotoxins and blood coagulants. Eastern Brown Snakes are also aggressive. Compared to most snakes that will flee when ever possible, Brown Snakes are much more likely to stand their ground, heightening the danger in an encounter. Without medical treatment, death is highly likely

At 11:35am on Friday my boy was biten by a juvenile of these. He was playing at a friends place in the cubby house!
The scariest day ever! However, thanks to my friend's swift first aid, and a ride in the ambulance to the waiting medical team and LOTS of prayer partners, my precious boy was saved!
It has never been more evident to me than on friday that God is looking after us. He is a powerful God who still performs miracles and he most certainly performed one on my little boy.
Not only did he survive, but he didn't even get sick! It's not uncommon for brown snake bite survivors to need to stay in hospital for 2-3 weeks. All that was required of my Connor was 24 hours for observation.
We are counting our blessings today!

Here is a picture of the snake bite 2 and a bit days post bite. On Friday the bruise was blacker and the foot more swollen. You could also see where the venom had shot up his foot, however today it has faded. Too bad I didn't have my camera with me on Friday!
A close up!
I think you should watch this video for laughs! Funny? Maybe not yet?


Crazy Sister said...

How awful! I'm so glad Connor's alright.

Your friend must have had a heart attack when that happened! Best wishes for a quick recovery of that precious little foot.

Givinya De Elba said...

I am so glad that he is okay!!
As I texted to you, I felt a sense of calm as I prayed and I knew he would be okay, but got a sense that he may have trouble with fear now, fear of snakes. Which is totally understandable of course!! But I hope (and pray) that he doesn't become too fearful as he gets older. Poor little lamb. Poor you, to have to spend the night in hospital (that totally sux, I've done it with a sick baby before!!)

Swift Jan said...

I think you're right about the fear thing. Today a march Fly bit him and he FREAKED out. Took me ages to console him. Poor little mite :(

(He's not the only one terrified of snakes now)

~Taz~ said...

ooh poor little guy!!! soo glad he's ok!!!!

sewfunbymonique said...

Scary! So glad everything is okay & your prayers were answered! :)

Cute as Buttons said...

God IS good. Enjoy your cuddles and know that you are still in our prayers. Lisa.

creativedawn said...

...his wondrous works behold...

I am happy to hear your son is well! God bless you all.

hugz, Pam

Khris said... scary...It really really don't like snakes....I don't care what kind of snake it is. I can handles spiders and bugs and lots of other things but snakes are just so creepy...I am so pleased your son is okay...hugs Khris

Anonymous said...

The eastern brown snake is the 2nd most toxic land snake to MICE.... It is not the 2nd most toxic land snake to humans... I'm not even sure it would be in the top ten to humans