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Warning issued after 6yo girl dies from brown snake bite in NSW

Emergency services have issued a warning about snake bites after a young girl sadly passed away after being bitten in northern New South Wales on Friday afternoon.

About 3pm on Friday 5 February, a six-year-old girl was bitten by a brown snake on a property near Walgett.

The girl was transported to Walgett Hospital for treatment, where doctors administered anti-venom.


She was later airlifted to Sydney Children’s Hospital where she was placed on life support.

After the girl’s condition significantly deteriorated, she was transferred back to Walgett Hospital where she passed away on Saturday.

Following the tragic incident, paramedics have now issued a reminder to local residents and the wider community, to be wary of snakes in warmer months.

Tips include:

• If you are bitten by a snake, ensure someone calls Triple Zero (000) immediately;

• Until help arrives, if the bite is on a limb, apply a pressure immobilisation bandage but not so tight it will cut off circulation;

• If the bite is not on a limb, apply direct and firm pressure to the bite site with your hands (it is also important the patient is kept still); and,

• Check items of clothing that have been left outside before wearing them and if you lift something such as a rock or log, lift the object so it’s facing away from you.

Shanee Dobeson
Shanee is a full-time Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. At the age of 20, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato in 2014, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal style blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.
  • martine

    please think of laypeople – it’s great that you are telling people what to do but what the heck is a pressure immobilisation bandage – are people likely to have them just lying around?? Seriously, think about your audience and the practical realities – imagine they have nothing on hand and go from there.

    • pat mcnamara

      martine,clearly shows you have no basic knowledge of first aid,suggest instead of criticising you either A,do a first aid course ,B,google first aid and snake bite treatment. pressure immobilisation bandage is basically same as a sprain bandage. also check out a free app australia’s bites and stings rip little one,sorry for parents and friends..pat

      • Kerry Fieldstead

        Thanks for the app tip, just downloaded it!

    • Iritated

      Seriously? Any bandage will do. Use your shirt if you have to. Just don’t cut circulation. And maybe, just maybe, consider getting medical training, or common sense, or even English lessons. Instead of blaming someone else (especially a helpful article) for your problem. The world shouldn’t be dumbed down for the ignorant.

  • GAIL Reed

    Are brown snakes known to habitate the Sydney area or Central Coast ?…

    • Elizabeth


    • Karen

      Yes they are and so are red belly black snakes and tiger snakes.

    • James Wright

      Brown snakes inhabit The whole of Australian mainland in one form or another, there are 7 species, and they are very common in and around Sydney and central coast. Sydney has a very large population because of the amount of mice and rats and most areas are close to some form of bush land etc. unfortunately the article doesn’t go in depth into important information such as position of bite, time before if any first aid was applied, time between bite and anti-vanine and whether she had an allergic reaction etc. all of this info is important to educate the wider community otherwise like with sharks eating people there will be many snakes killed and more people bitten out of fear rather than respect. I lost my seven yr old to an accident and my heart bleeds for the family in what I know is a terrible time

    • Mel

      Gail, yes definitely!! There’s a theory that they do not cooexist with the red belly black, but this has been proven false.

  • Rebecca Jaeger

    This is a really sad story.
    Summer = snakes.
    Summer = keep your lawns mowed and garden free of mess.
    Summer = keep bandages everywhere.
    Summer = keep your children supervised.
    Summer = Snakes are around from August till May at the latest.
    Browns – around 5 a summer. Just awful but it is the way it is.

    Yes there are snakes on the east Coast of Australia – Eastern Browns – we have King Browns in the Country.

    Common sense = must need – 100% and do some homework before living in the country.

    ***Gail – there have been some spotted out the back of Rouse Hill when clearing for the village/town – a lot of red Bellies and they eat the Browns too so that helps, but they are dangerous.