10-year-old Rachael Shardlow was stung by the worldâ€™s most venomous creature back in December, and surprisingly survived.
She and her brother were swimming in the Calliope River, when the box jellyfish wrapped its tentacles around her leg and shot its poisonous venom into her.
Rachael was pulled from the Calliope River, near the town of Gladstone, by her 13-year-old brother with the jellyfish’s tentacles wrapped around her legs. Box jellyfish have up to 15 tentacles on each corner of its body and have up to 5,000 stinging cells. Attempts at removing the tentacles may only release more venom. These jellyfish are responsible for up to 100 deaths a year. It cal kill an adult within 5 minutes.
Zoology professor Jamie Seymour, told ABC News in Australia,
“When I first saw the pictures of the injuries I just went, ‘You know, to be honest, this kid should not be alive.â€™ I mean, they are horrific. Usually when you see people who have been stung by box jellyfish with that number of the tentacle contacts on their body, it’s usually in a morgue.”
You can see the picture of Rachaelâ€™s leg after the sting here, it is astonishing.
Her older brother pulled Shardlow out of the water, and the box jellyfish still had its tentacles wrapped around her. She went unconscious, but not before telling him she could not see or breathe.
Rachael (often misspelled Rachel Shardlow) is now doing well. Aside from some scarring to her legs, and short term memory loss, she is expected to do well.
What an amazing story! We certainly send her well wishes and hope she makes a full recovery!
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