Farmer bitten by poisonous snake

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Farmer bitten by poisonous snake


A 62-year-old farmer of Praslin is now at Victoria Hospital under observation after being bitten by a snake around 10 a.m. on Monday, September 8.

William Celestin was reportedly bitten on his hand while attending to his farm.

Portia Edmunds, daughter of Celestin, said her father was transported to St Jude Hospital by a friend shortly after the incident.

The distraught woman believes that her father may have been bitten by a Fer-de-Lance snake. Celestin told relatives that the snake was about six feet long.

The Fer-de-Lance is considered the most poisonous or venomous snake on island.

The concerned woman told St Lucia News Online (SNO) that her father was later transferred to the Victoria Hospital (VH) in Castries where he received treatment since there was no anti-venom treatment at St. Jude Hospital.

“He didn’t receive any treatment at St. Jude Hospital; they only covered the wound. He was not even transported by an ambulance, his friend had to transport him to VH,” she added.

Edmunds told SNO that doctors at Victoria Hospital are monitoring her father’s condition very closely.

According to doctors, the delay in treatment may affect Celestin’s internal organs, Edmunds added.

Snake bite have resulted in two deaths in St. Lucia in recent times.

CANARIES INCIDENT: In May 2014,  Gregory Winston, 56, of Canaries succumbed to snake bite. He was bitten while sleeping in a hut on his farm. Winston’s niece, Diana Pierre had told Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) on May 19 that it took Winston a few hours after the attack before he got help. There was no telephone service on the hill top. With the support of his girlfriend, who was asleep with him in the hut, Winston walked through clumps of bushes to get assistance from villagers. An ambulance was called to transport him to Victoria Hospital. Pierre recalled Winston’s girlfriend saying that he felt like his arm was “broken”, and by the time he reached at the hospital, the colour of his skin had turned black and blue. Winston was later advised by doctors that they would need to amputate his arm. He disagreed and opted for surgery to remove the venom from the snakebite instead. However, SNO was told doctors warned that Winston could have a 50/50 chance of survival with surgery. Subsequent to the surgery, he complained about severe pain in his arm. He was taken to the Intensive Care Unit where he passed away. Pierre said there was allegedly no anti-venom insulin to treat her uncle. It was not Winston’s first bite from a snake.

MICOUD INCIDENT: A decomposing body with a dread-locks hairstyle was discovered on a river bank by a party hunting for wild pigs on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at about 4 p.m. in the forested area of Quilese, Micoud. The body was identified by a family member as that of 54-year-old Paul Theodore of Fond St. Jacques, Soufriere who was last seen on Thursday, January 17, 2013. A post mortem conducted on Friday, January 25, 2013 revealed that Theodore died as a result of cardio genetic shock consistent with snake bite.

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  1. The snakes really serve an important role in st lucia.more education could help reduce these bites in the future.

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  2. snakes have what right what purpose do they serve do we have a zoo in st lucia where we can have the on exibition and explain any thing to visitors no we just have to be careful where they walk when visiting st lucia so zoukla no need for them please and thank you that much

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  3. This comment is directed at woah. Though these snakes have been around for a very long time, they are not indigenous to the island. They were introduced to the island by slave owners, for the purpose of killing escape slaves. And as you can see they're still in the business of killing our people, so they should all be eradicated.

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    • Hi Just Saying!

      Gosh the circumstance of the introduction of this menace is most disheartening. Control I totally agree with! I was just trying to think how on earth can this be done? The interior of the island is soooo dense with vegetation that it's so easy to miss them.

      As an alternative I think education on this reptile is key. Awareness on TV and in areas of local farming. Most snakes are not predatory and usually act out of self defense.

      So my letting those who frequent the areas they live in i.e. farmers they should be the target audience ... nesting areas...checking areas etc.

      One falling from a tree on ur neck - ummm I dunno that's another story..loll gosh just thinking about this erksss me!

      But you what...we are on a tropical island...the ministry is aware of the majority of poisonous creatures we have. Given the population of SLU... it can't be that difficult OR too costly to have 4 vales of anti-venom for this snake at the various medical facilities.

      Thanks for your feedback 🙂

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  4. Smfh.All dem travelling dem ministers travelling dey eh si how Other hospitals around the world is functioning..for an example Martinique..someone in di mr family should go buy venom in mq.just saying.#nostoplettingdempoliticiansfoolyoull

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  5. U'LL MAY GET VEX BUT THE SNAKES HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HERE JUST AS MUCH AS WE DO WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IS ST JUDE'S AND VH NEED TO HAVE ANTI-VENOM ON HAND JUST IN CASE.

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  6. and our govermment talk about protecting wild life awa destroy wild life humans life are much more important than than and i know that area is the producer for snakes in st lucia hope a speedy recovery black man that place call palerouge is where they are stay clear bro and sis and lets join in prayers for blackman

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  7. WAKE UP MY PEOPLE IF YOU ARE STILL SLEEPING,THESE ARE THE BETTER DAYZ WE GETTING......REMEMBER THE SONG?BETTER DAYS ARE COMMING..WELL IT'S HERE ,DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!!

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  8. If theres no venom.. no panadol.l not enough doctors. Just pray that ebola dont get here cause st.lucian would be on the endangered species list.. rare and hard to find...

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  9. I feel so sad for the gentleman. Hope he has a speedy recovery. The guy on news spin said the country can be run without firemen well I'm sure is not the ambulance St Jude didn't have I more believe is the firemen that were on strike hence the unavailability

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  10. With more uncultivated lands the snake population will only increase. Preety soon we will see snakes moving closer and closer to residential areas.
    What the govt can do is have an open season for snake hunting, just like they have a lobster season.

    That's my 2 cents I hope this gentleman from Praslin recovers. Hey! The situation at St.Jude is desperate. This hospital needs desperate attention. minister of health. She promised that by the end of this year st Jude will be out of the stadium. 3 months left Alvina. 3 months.

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  11. Some of you talk a lot of nonsense. Now let us deal with this snake bite thing like the olden days. (1)If a snake bite you it must be dead or killed!!!!! You will never be cured if that snake escapes get that clare. So make sure you kill it, cause the venom in your body won't die out if it is alive. If you do not know the snakes is in control of your body when it stays alive especially if it is female.(2) you must be brave enough to cut the area and squeeze the blood out as much as you can. (3) get Some limes or lemons squeeze over the wound then cover up with the cleanest cloth around then, head to a hospital. By now farmers should know they need a medical kit in the heights.

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  12. St.Judes Hopital is the main hospital for the people in the south yet still the are not equipped to handle a major crisis. That's BS. VH is not much better but in my opinion the same equipment and supplies should be given to st.judes. The department of health should really invest in some anti venom

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  13. That is nonsense and it strongly has to do with the department of forestry. Anti venom should be readily available at all hospitals. It is so high time people at those ministries need to be fired for such a losy job that they do. So what these farmers lives not worth nothings because they don't work with a coat and tie? DAMN IT

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  14. I wish Mr Celestine all the best, hope he do not succumb to that snake bite. Anyway why is the PM out of the island again? The hospitals could get all the anti- venom they want from his fangs to treat the patient.

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  15. Our health system is in a sad and sorry mess and to think the ministry is loaded with administrative staff at all levels