Toddler's lucky escape after being bitten by snake
ANN-MARIE Bach has vowed to brush up on her first aid skills after a terrifying encounter between her 19-month-old daughter and a brown-coloured snake.
Mrs Bach was about to hang washing on her clothes line on Thursday afternoon when she heard her daughter Ella crying.
She walked out to the clothes line to hear her three-and-a-half-year-old son Jack yelling "snake mummy, snake".
"Ella was standing there crying and there was a snake on the path a couple of metres away," Mrs Bach said.
"I picked her up and I could see puncture marks on her right leg just below the knee."\
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She rushed her daughter from their home, about 30km from Miles, to Miles Hospital.
Her husband Matthew, who was already in town, was waiting for them when they arrived.
"They splinted her leg and bandaged it up straight away.
"They were conferring with Brisbane on what to do."
Blood tests were taken and it was decided that the RACQ CareFlight helicopter was needed to fly Ella to Toowoomba Hospital.
It was in Toowoomba that doctors determined the snake had not injected any venom.
The news was a massive relief for Mr and Mrs Bach.
"I just panicked.
"When I look back now you kind of wish you were a bit calmer.
"You just want to get your daughter straight to help as fast as you can."
Ella stayed in Toowoomba Hospital overnight and was released yesterday.
Mrs Bach was relieved her son had raised the alarm, which was the result of him being taught about the danger of snakes.
On arriving home she pledged to brush up on her first aid skills and replenish her first aid kit.
She was very grateful for the excellent treatment she received from staff at Miles and Toowoomba hospitals, as well as the efforts of the RACQ CareFlight crew.
"We should all donate because you never know when you are going to need it."
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