Brown snake bites woman

A brown snake wrapped itself around Marion Kuhn’s leg while she was walking along McDougall Street.
A brown snake wrapped itself around Marion Kuhn’s leg while she was walking along McDougall Street.

MARION Kuhn has undergone a series of experiences for the first time this week – her first ambulance trip, first overnight hospital stay and first bite by a brown snake.

Ms Kuhn was unfortunate enough to stumble across a brown snake while delivering pamphlets advertising her new business on Tuesday night.

“I have only been here in Warwick for eight weeks and it was my first mailbox delivery,” she said.

Ms Kuhn said she and her friend Tracy Clark and Tracy’s daughter Kayla were walking along McDougall Street when they decided to venture off the footpath and onto the road to avoid a patch of long grass.

“Kayla screamed and that’s when it wrapped around my leg,” she said.

“I remember hearing the word “snake” and I got the “heebie-jeebies” and I kind of kicked it off with my other foot.”

Ms Kuhn said she was initially unaware she had been bitten and said her foot only “felt hot” so she and Mrs Clark walked the two blocks back to her home.

“It was just a little bit red, but it wasn’t really sore at all,” she said.

Mrs Clark then called an ambulance and the officers bandaged Ms Kuhn’s leg and transported her to the Warwick Hospital.

Swab tests on her ankle taken at the hospital confirmed she had been bitten by a brown snake, and an overnight stay with hourly observations was ordered.

“In the morning they took some blood tests and my blood was thinner so I had to stay another night,” she said.

Ms Kuhn was told by the doctors there was a chance of the venom causing her kidneys to shut down and she said that was the moment when she realised her condition was serious.

“I just thought if anything was going to happen, that would be what would get me,” she said.

Ms Kuhn was required to stay in the hospital for two days and said having to have blood tests during that time was the most traumatic part.

“I passed out two times in hospital and once at Tracy’s house. But the nurses and doctors were really wonderful and they held my hand.”

Ms Kuhn said she was just grateful the snake bit her and not six-year-old Kayla.

“I just want to make people aware that they are out there and to just to be cautious,” Ms Kuhn said.

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