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(photo credit: Kaplan Medical Center)
A mother of 10 who was bitten on her right middle finger by a viper when looking
for children’s undershirts on a supermarket shelf at the Cana junction near
Rehovot was saved last Wednesday at Kaplan Medical Center.
Police save Palestinian from snake
The woman, who
lives in Yad Binyamin, is hospitalized under supervision, Kaplan said on
The woman extended her hand into the shelf to look for the right
size when she was bitten on the hand and saw the Eretz Yisrael viper snake
Although she reacted calmly, her children were
She called a Magen David Adom intensive care unit and was taken
to the hospital, where her hand was very swollen and at risk for sepsis. She was
treated with the appropriate serum and instructed to rest for 24 hours, said her
husband, who added that a snake catcher had been called to take the creature and
Dr. Tatiani Tschravkov, an internal medicine expert in the
emergency room, said there was no doubt that if she had not reached the hospital
quickly, her life would have been in danger.
She came with swelling up to
her shoulder and edema, nausea, dizziness and headaches that showed the toxin
had advanced. “This is an example of the importance of getting urgent medical
care to save a life,” the doctor said.
“I’m a bit nervous about opening
cabinets,” the snake victim said. “In the near future, I will not look for items
on supermarket shelves. But life is stronger than anything, and I hope in not
too long a time to return to my routine.”