Gauteng man fighting for his life after snakebite

2020-01-07 06:56
Rinkhals snake. (File photo: Johan Marais)

Rinkhals snake. (File photo: Johan Marais)

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A Gauteng man was taken to hospital early on Monday after being bitten by a snake near the Hartebeesspruit River in Kameeldrift.

"Reports from the scene indicate that a 35-year-old male had been bitten on the knee by what has been identified as a Rinkhals snake," Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said in a statement on Monday.

Upon assessment, medics found the patient was in a serious condition suffering from a cytotoxic bite.

"The patient was treated on the scene by a Netcare 911 emergency care practitioner who provided manual ventilation to assist him to breathe," Herbst said.

He was stabilised and later transported to hospital for further treatment.

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