Thank you for this lovely message. I will pass it on to Clifton as well.
I was at GSH yesterday to visit a snakebite victim who had a terrible experience. I’ll tell you the story:
The elderly lady is paralized from her neck down. She has slight movement in her hands a feet. At about 21:00, she saw a Mozambique spitting cobra crawling onto her bed. In an attempt to scare the snake away, she wiggled her toes. The snake bit her. She tried again, this time a little harder, it bit her again. The third time she really tried with all her might and it bit her a third time.
She lay with the snake in her bed the entire night until the neighbours came to her rescue in the morning.
They called the ambulance but it never arrived. Finally they found someone with a car but he wanted E200.00 to take her but she didn’t have the money to pay. It took 5 days for her to finally get to the hospital.
It was too late for antivenom and now we are just treating her wound as best we can. See pictures below (caution, not for sensitive viewers).