Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Snake Bite Victim Didn't Feel a Thing; He Managed to Stay Calm Even after the Blood Oozed from Bite Marks on Ankle

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Snake Bite Victim Didn't Feel a Thing; He Managed to Stay Calm Even after the Blood Oozed from Bite Marks on Ankle

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Byline: MEL MCMILLAN mel.mcmillan@northernstar.com.au

BRETT HAMLYN was just hours into his tree-change when one of the North Coast's most slippery inhabitants dropped by to say hello.

Mr Hamlyn moved from Ballarat in Victoria to his new home on the Blackhorse Creek community, near Kyogle, last Friday. On Saturday he was bitten by a snake.

"I didn't feel a thing," he said yesterday.

Mr Hamlyn had just sat down to lunch when his mother-in-law noticed blood oozing from his ankle.

"I saw two clear puncture marks on my ankle," he said.

Mr Hamlyn thinks he was bitten while inspecting the dam on his property.

His wife, Johanna, helped him wrap his leg with a bandage. She then called for an ambulance.

Mr Hamlyn was taken by ambulance to the end of Blackhorse Creek Road, where he was met by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and flown to Lismore Base Hospital.

Mr Hamlyn was under observation at the hospital for eight hours before being released with a clean bill of health. …

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