UPDATE: Qld toddler recovering from Taipan bite being tested for brain damage

A two-year-old Central Queensland boy who was bitten three times by a deadly Coastal Taipan, is still facing a grim future despite now breathing on his own.

Doctors in Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital still don’t know how much brain damage the little boy suffered.

Eli’s mother Brittany said her son now faces a series of tests to determine how much his brain has been impacted by the cardiac arrest the venom triggered.


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In an update on a fundraising page launched by a family friend, she said he could be moved from intensive care some time this afternoon.

“Eli is no longer considered (to be) fighting for his life … our amazingly strong little man is off ventilation,” the post read.

“The area of his brain that has been affected the most is the occipital lobe, responsible for interpreting what he sees.

“Our spectrum is from Eli being unable to recognize objects, to hallucinations, to blindness.

“He also may have some motor function impairment.”

The GoFundMe page launched by a family friend has so far raised more than $24,000.