Toddler survives attack after picking up brown snake

Helidon mother-of-three Kelly says her 18-month-old son Edward is lucky to be alive after being bitten by a brown snake. Snake bite Helidon Photo Tara Miko / The Chronicle
Helidon mother-of-three Kelly says her 18-month-old son Edward is lucky to be alive after being bitten by a brown snake. Snake bite Helidon Photo Tara Miko / The Chronicle Tara Miko

FOUR small puncture marks on Helidon toddler Edward's tiny wrist are the only signs of his close encounter with a deadly brown snake.

The 18-month-old boy was lucky to survive his encounter with one of the world's deadliest snakes late on Thursday afternoon.

He was back to his usual smiling self after being released from Toowoomba Hospital yesterday morning.

Mum Kelly had been in the yard with her three kids planting trees when Edward wandered off to the sandpit just out of her line of sight.

"Edward was playing with the cat around the sandpit area which is pretty normal and I thought that was fine," she recalled.

"I heard him calling for the cat and a little grizzle so I went to see how he was and that's when I saw that he was holding a snake.

"It was hard for me to actually believe it was a snake because it was so little. I thought because it was so little there was not that much danger."

Edward was bitten at least twice by a baby brown snake. Snake bite Helidon. Photo Tara Miko / The Chronicle
Edward was bitten at least twice by a baby brown snake. Snake bite Helidon. Photo Tara Miko / The Chronicle Tara Miko

A calm Queensland Ambulance Service operator talked Kelly through first-aid procedures before paramedics arrived.

Edward was admitted to Toowoomba Hospital for a night before he was released yesterday morning.

"They were checking the neurological signs and muscle strength and that sort of thing but there were no signs," Kelly said.

"So obviously it bit him but it didn't get into his bloodstream."

"You just have to get help because you don't know if it's a python or a brown snake or anything."

QAS Senior Operations Supervisor Stephen Johns said snake bites were more common with warmer weather and advised bite victims to not wash the wound area as hospitals could test the affected area to identify the snake.

He said compression bandages should be wrapped over the wound starting at the puncture area working up the limb.

The wound area should be circled on the bandage and the limb should be immobilised to reduce blood flow.

Mr Johns recommended downloading the Emergency+ app for smart phones which also helped direct paramedics to critical incidents.


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