Holidaymaker critical after snake strike
October 13, 2006 - 6:42AM
A holidaymaker is fighting for life in hospital after he was bitten five times by a death adder snake in Sydney's outer north-west.
The 50-year-old man, from Schofields in Sydney's north-west, was attacked when he picked the snake up in the dark, thinking it was a lizard, at the Del Rio water ski resort at Wisemans Ferry last night, NRMA CareFlight said.
Other holidaymakers killed the snake and put it in a plastic bag so it could be positively identified by hospital staff.
The injured man had a heart attack while waiting to be airlifted to hospital by helicopter, but was revived by ambulance officers.
An NRMA CareFlight trauma team then worked for half an hour to stabilise the holidaymaker before placing him on their helicopter's ventilator and flying him to Westmead Hospital, where he arrived at 10.20pm.
An hour after admission his condition was improving but he was still listed as critical.