A Queensland toddler, bitten three times by one of the deadliest snakes in the world, is making a miraculous recovery.
While he’s not out of danger yet, little Eli’s mother said he’s now breathing on his own.
While doctors have been able to switch off the ventilators which have kept him alive for the past week, the two-year-old still has to go through a series of tests in Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
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His mum said the tests will determine whether the heart attack he suffered after being bitten by a Coastal Taipan, has left him with any brain damage.
The reptile struck when little Eli went to collect eggs on Monday last week from the family’s back yard chicken coop at Agnes Waters in Central Queensland.
The Coastal Taipan is acknowledged as the third deadliest snake in the world.
Australia also holds the dubious honour of having the two deadliest snakes on the planet, the Inland Taipan and the Eastern Brown.
Our Tiger Snake and Death Adder are also in the global top 10.
Eli’s recovery is all the more remarkable because children are much more likely to die from snake bite than adults.
In this case Eli suffered a heart attack but was revived by paramedics before being airlifted to hospital, where he remained in a coma for more than a week.
Family friend Blake Hyland set up a GoFundMe page to help the toddler’s parents, who have flown 500km to Brisbane to be by their son’s side.
The fundraiser has now passed the halfway mark of the $20,000 target.