Pictures of a Chinese woman walking into a hospital with a snake that bit her wrapped around her wrist has emerged online, prompting social media users to call her “brave.”
Pictures circulating on Chinese social media show the woman standing in a hospital after a snake bit her. What makes the pictures shocking is how the snake remains wrapped around her wrist in the emergency room.
The incident took place in Pujing County, China’s Zhejiang Province. The snake wrapped around her wrist was about 1.5-meters-long. And even though it was non-venomous.
The woman reportedly remained calm while at the hospital. Her wound was also not serious.
Huang Shengqiang, the ER doctor who treated the woman, said the snake was a non-venomous red-banded snake. Dr Huang said there was no swelling around the patient’s wound, so he gave her simple treatment, reports Daily Mail.
Viral pictures taken by the medics show the patient filling out a registration form while grabbing the snake with her thumb and fingers.
‘(She) is a femme fatale,’ gushed ER nurse Ma Nina at Jinhua’s Pujiang Hospital as she recalled the incident which occurred during the wee hours on Sunday.
The hospital said in a statement that the patient is around 20 years old. She told the doctor that she was searching for her dropped phone in the shrubs while being bitten by the snake, which then crawled onto her palm. The woman then caught the snake.
Pujiang Hospital said its doctors had treated many patients suffering from snake bites this summer, but this was the first time that they had seen someone coming into the ER with a live snake.