Saved a life to­day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - by PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

A MAN who was bit­ten by a deadly brown snake af­ter re­triev­ing a bas­ket­ball from a drain has Mel Boon from the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre to thank for sav­ing his life.

The man, 28, was play­ing bas­ket­ball when the ball took off and rolled down into a drain, on the edge of the va­cant block that was to be the community gar­den, and as he bent down to re­trieve the ball the snake lunged at him and bit him on the left arm last Tues­day.

He saw the snake and knew he had been bit­ten and quickly walked over to the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre and asked the per­son in re­cep­tion to “call me an am­bu­lance please - I’ve just been bit­ten by a brown snake and does any­one know first aid”?

It was then that the staff mem­ber raced and found Mel, the Nic Nak Shed co- or­di­na­tor to come and help him.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it be­cause I had only just updated my first aid course re­cently and re­ceived fur­ther train­ing for a whole lot of dif­fer­ent things that might hap­pen,” Mel said.

“So I sat him down and asked to re­main as calm as pos­si­ble and I placed a pres­sure ban­dage over the bite and wound the rest of the ban­dage as far as I could up the rest of his arm.

“I think a big thing that helped to save his life was that he was young and that he was also very fit, I mean brown snakes are deadly and I would hate to think what would have hap­pened if it was a child or a woman who was bit­ten.

“And the main con­tribut­ing fac­tor was that the am­bos were here in five min­utes and then a sec­ond am­bu­lance turned up just in case it was needed too - so we gave him the best care we could and promptly.”

The man was then taken to the Moss­man hospi­tal where he was given anti-venom and then later flown by he­li­copter to the Cairns hospi­tal for fur­ther ob­ser­va­tion.

He had a com­plete re­cov­ery and was re­leased from hospi­tal the next day and re­turned es­pe­cially to Port Dou­glas to thank Mel for “sav­ing my life”.

“It’s the first time ever that any­thing like this has ever hap­pened to me and I am so glad that I had re­ceived my updated first aid train­ing be­cause I’m sure it helped me to keep calm too, but more im­por­tantly al­lowed me to do what I had to do to help him,” Mel said.

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