Girl survives worlds deadliest box jellyfish sting Australia

A ten-year-old girl has become the first person ever to have survived sting an attack from a lethal box jellyfish, the world's most venomous creature.

Rachael Shardlow was stung by the creature while swimming in the Calliope River, near Gladstone, in Queensland, Australia.

Rachael's 13-year-old brother pulled her on to the riverbank. She told him she could not see or breathe, and fell unconscious with the jellyfish's tentacles still strapped to her limbs.

Zoology and tropical ecology associate professor at James Cook University, Jamie Seymour, says the girl's survival after such an extensive sting is unheard of.

'I don't know of anybody in the entire literature where we've studied this where someone has had such an extensive sting that has survived,' he told ABC news in Australia.

'When I first saw the pictures of the injuries I just went, 'you know to be honest, this kid should not be alive. I mean they are horrific.

Usually when you see people who have been stung by box jellyfish with that number of the tentacle contacts on their body, it's usually in a morgue.'

Associate professor Seymour says the university is interested to see how long it takes for Rachael to recover, as well as whether there are any long-term effects.

'From our point of view it's really useful information that you very seldom, if ever, get your hands on,' he told the Aussie TV station.

Rachael's father, Geoff Shardlow, says his daughter has scarring as well as some short-term memory loss.

'We've noticed a small amount of short-term memory loss, like riding a pushbike to school and forgetting she's taken a pushbike,' he said.

'The greatest fear was actual brain damage [but] her cognitive skills and memory tests were all fine.'

Mr Shardlow says it is vital there are more jellyfish warning signs erected throughout central Queensland.

Source:- ABC News
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4 comments for this post

  1. Anne

    Poor girl, but great to hear she has survived.

    Queensland has some horrid beaches, but not the islands off the
    mainland! There are even warnings of salt water crocs on their mainland

    Unlike the pristine beaches of Western Australia!

  2. Bel

    If they could invent a wet suit that made the wearer transparent then these jellyfish would find it hard to find you even with their 24 eyes.

    Amazing she survived.

  3. Pennie

    For all you sadly small minded people who have to turn the young lady's recovery into your God vs. evolution soapbox, please stop. You sound pathetic. How about we focus on the fact that this girl is alive and well and that her brother helped her to safety.

  4. Chris

    Interesting how when a child has a lucky escape, it was obviously gods doing. Where is he exactly when innocent children die horrible deaths? annual leave? Oh and 'it's just his will' is definitely not a satisfactory answer.

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