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October 9, 2013 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A Brisbane nurse is recovering in hospital after being bitten in Nepal by a deadly snake.

The serpent that struck her is nicknamed the “100-pace snake”, a reference to the legend that, once bitten, a person can walk 100 more paces before falling dead.Ryan's foot. Mark of the pit viper

Delmae Ryan, 49, did not drop dead, but she became very ill and was in agony after stepping on the lethal Asian pit viper late last month. Her case is a reminder of the perils that can strike travellers overseas – and a good advertisement for travel insurance, though media reports didn’t disclose whether Ryan held any.

Nepal has no anti-venom, apparently, so Ryan had to fly home to Australia, ABC News reported.

Beforehand, she had to wait three days before being medically cleared to make the 20-hour flight back to Brisbane. Anti-venom was located in the meantime in Melbourne, where it was being used for research purposes.

Doctors said Ryan was extremely lucky to have made it back to Australia alive.

The snake venom destroys the blood’s ability to clot, and one fall could have caused Ryan to bleed to death, one doctor told the ABC.

Ryan is now recuperating well and is expected to be back on her feet within a fortnight.

Written by Peter Needham

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