Girl saved from death by scorpion bite

Jerusalem doctor treated 8-year-old for anaphylactic shock.

By
August 15, 2010 02:14
1 minute read.
Scorpion.

Scorpion 58. (photo credit: .)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

An eight-year-old girl was recently saved from death by anaphylactic shock at Jerusalem’s Terem urgent care clinic and Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem after being bitten by a scorpion while walking barefoot in a garden in the capital’s Bayit Vegan neighborhood.

The girl, who lives in the settlement of Katzir, was visiting the city with her family and walking barefoot around 10;30 p.m. two weeks ago. She suddenly felt a bite on her big toe, which became very swollen. Her parents took her to the Terem clinic near the entrance to Jerusalem, where Dr. Salam Dana was on duty.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


He said one small hole was visible in the skin of her toe.


“Ironically, it was fortunate that her condition declined suddenly, as if there had been only gradual, minor symptoms, we probably would have treated her and sent her home,” Dana told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “But her heartbeat became irregular and her blood pressure plunged.”

After stabilizing her condition, he called Magen David Adom for an intensive care ambulance. Dana said it was a very unusual case.

She was rushed to the hospital, where she was attached to a respirator and several doses of scorpion antidote and other treatments were given. She remained in the hospital for nearly a week.

Medical experts advise against walking barefoot outdoors or moving stones, which could awaken a scorpion or snake.

Related Content

[illustrative photo]
September 24, 2011
Diabetes may significantly increase risk of dementia

By UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM