‘Fight poison with poison’ almost kills snake bite victim


Compiled by BENJAMIN LEE, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

AN elderly woman resorted to a folk remedy of “fighting poison with poison” by applying spider venom on the snake bite wound of her granddaughter, which nearly took the girl’s life.

Sin Chew Daily reported that the woman had placed a venomous spider over the nine-year-old child’s wound, hoping that its bite would negate the effects of the snake’s poison.

However, the move only caused the girl to start bleeding profusely.

She was then rushed to the hospital, where doctors managed to save her in time but were stunned to find both snake and spider venom in her body.

Doctors said the girl was lucky as the venom had yet to damage her internal organs.

They also advised snakebite victims to tie the bitten limb a few centimetres away from the wound and seek medical help immediately.

“Take a photo or remember the appearance of the snake in order for the proper anti-venom to be applied.

“But don’t try to suck the venom out,” they warned.

> The daily also reported that Taiwanese singer A-Mei burst into tears during her recent concert in Singapore while performing a tribute to the late Coco Lee.

The 50-year-old, who is dubbed the Queen of Mandopop, could be seen wiping away tears as she was singing one of Lee’s classics I am Still Your Lover.

“Let us all be well, okay?” she said.

A-Mei, whose real name is Kulilay Amit, is from the indigenous Puyuma tribe in Taiwan.

Lee, 48, died earlier this month after suffering from depression for several years.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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