Girl bitten by cobra to lose her finger

2011-12-29 12:10

Johannesburg - The 5-year-old girl bitten by a Mozambican spitting cobra will have her finger amputated, and part of the muscle in her arm removed, The Star reported on Thursday.

Mikayla Robbertse, of Lephalale in Limpopo, underwent an operation on Wednesday, her grandmother, Charmaine Robbertse, told the daily.

"They had to remove muscle from her hand and her arm up to the elbow, they said the poison had eaten a tunnel through the muscle."

Her middle finger would be amputated on Saturday.

"They just could not save it," Robbertse was quoted as saying.

According to Beeld newspaper she was being kept under sedation and would have to undergo an operation every four days for a period of two months for skin grafts.

A week before Christmas, Robbertse was bitten on the hand and elbow by the snake which was in her bed on her grandparents' Lephalale farm.

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-29 12:34

    That is one hell of a thing to be going through when you're five, and I wish her all the best.

      jowza1 - 2011-12-29 12:54

      Yes,get well soon little one.may the force be with you

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-29 17:55

      Poor little thing. I wish there had been some way to save her finger. Terrible.

  • Sue - 2011-12-29 12:36

    Oh shame little one, get well soon.

  • Paul - 2011-12-29 12:37

    God bless the poor little mite. X

  • Anele Nele Matshisi - 2011-12-29 12:54

    At the end the snake lost and she won. Brave fighter she is.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-29 13:05

    A big ordeal for a tiny person. However she might be small but has great determination and as awful as this is,there could of been a far worse outcome. Hope she has a speedy recovery and can put the awful event behind her!

  • zeggar - 2011-12-29 14:17

    What a brave little girl. We'll pray that she gets well soon.

  • Thopa - 2011-12-29 14:19

    Nonesense! this girl is not dead!

      ockert.kruger - 2011-12-29 14:49

      Not dead indeed - beated the snake's poison - Please do not go and kill snakes.. You so strong my girl.. may your wounds heal wthout ill effect and may you bring the same change to this world.

  • verna.vwyk - 2012-03-16 11:44

    All the best angel. God Bless!

  • Shellerjc - 2012-03-16 14:21

    WOWO stop the buss, three stories of spitting cobras? mmm Can a snake EXPERT explain why this is happening so frequently of late....

  • ava1962 - 2012-03-16 15:06

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, sweety.

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