A young woman who was bitten by a snake walked into a hospital in China holding the snake with her bare hands.
She caught the reptile after it bit her, held the animal around her wrist and calmly went to the ER so the medics could identify it, according to a hospital in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province.
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.
Members of the public have hailed the woman for her strength and for remaining calm in the face of a crisis.
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,” said ER nurse Ma Nina at Jinhua’s Pujiang Hospital as she recalled the incident which occurred early on Sunday morning.
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 when the snake but her. It then crawled onto her palm and she caught it.
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.
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