Date
25 May 2017
Chan (right) shows off the snake that bit him. The Chinese or Taiwanese cobra (left) is a venomous species. Photos: http://snake-venom.net, Apple Daily
Chan (right) shows off the snake that bit him. The Chinese or Taiwanese cobra (left) is a venomous species. Photos: http://snake-venom.net, Apple Daily

Man nearly dies from snake bite after stopping for a photo

If this man has survived a deadly snake bite, it is not for his sense of timing.

The 67-year-old man, surnamed Chan, lived by the skin of his teeth after wasting precious minutes getting treatment, Apple Daily reports.

He decided to catch the snake after it bit him and posed for his wife to have his picture taken with the deadly reptile.

When he arrived at Queen Mary Hospital, 90 minutes after the attack, he was weak and fading fast.

Emergency personnel scrambled to give him antitoxin shots and placed him on hourly watch.

Chan was discharged three days later.

He said his wife spotted the cobra in their Waterfall Bay home in Southern District on June 7 and called him about it.

After he was attacked, Chan decided to wrangle it, using his experience catching snakes as a maintenance worker in a drug rehabilitation center. 

The snake, about 4-5 feet long, was of the venomous naja atra species, more commonly known as Chinese or Taiwanese cobra.

It bit him in the web of his left hand between the thumb and forefinger.

Chan said he is lucky to be alive despite his atrocious sense of urgency. He did not say why he did what he did. 

Dr. Tsui Sik-hon, Chan’s attending physician, warned anyone bitten by a snake against trying to fight or catch it and to seek treatment immediately.

The snake has been turned over to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

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