A North Queensland toddler who spent more than a week in a coma after being bitten by a deadly Taipan 10 weeks ago, could be released from hospital next week.
Eli Campbell suffered cardiac arrest after the attack by the Eastern Taipan which bit him three times.
He was revived by paramedics but suffered critical complications and slipped into a coma.
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He had significant swelling on the brain, lost his signt and had no control over his limbs.
The two-year-old was collecting eggs from his family’s chicken pen in the back yard of their home at Agnes Water on October 2 when the snake struck.
Paramedics said Eli’s mother Brittany, whose second child is due on March 24, saved her son’s life by applying a pressure bandage to his wounds until they arrived.
While Eli may be released from hospital next week the family will remain close to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane to be close to the best possible rehabilitation facilities.
Ms Campbell said Eli is showing promising signs and has recovered almost full vision and speech.
Remarkably, he has also started to walk without assistance and is regaining control of his right hand.
A GoFundMe page, set up to help the family cover medical bills and expenses, has so far raised more than $73,000 with a target of $100,000 at https://www.gofundme.com/2sb3acc