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Police escort woman bitten by pit viper to hospital in northern Taiwan

Travel time to hospital shortened to just 5 minutes with help from police

Venomous brown spotted pit viper in Keelung.

Venomous brown spotted pit viper in Keelung. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Police helped a woman bitten by a brown spotted pit viper in Keelung to cut her trip to the hospital by 10 minutes Thursday (Nov. 18), and she was declared to be in no danger following treatment.

The snake attacked the 35-year-old woman, surnamed Chen (陳), at around 8 p.m. when she crossed its path in a yard, CNA reported. Her husband, surnamed Chan (詹), caught the reptile with snake tongs to take a photo for the doctor’s reference.

The snake was later confirmed to be a venomous brown spotted pit viper.

As Chan drove Chen to the hospital, he decided to seek help at a police station for fear that the travel time may delay Chen’s treatment, per CNA. Police dispatched a patrol car with sirens blaring, escorting the couple to Cathay General Hospital Sijhih Branch.

The drive, which normally takes 15 minutes, was shortened to just 5 minutes with the police’s help. Chen was treated and was out of danger as of press time. Chan thanked the police profusely after the incident, reported CNA.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare's (MOHW) “Taiwan Antidote Network” website, the brown spotted pit viper is one of the six most common venomous snakes in Taiwan. After it bites, it tends to leave obvious teeth marks, and the hemorrhagic venom will cause pain, swelling, bruising, and sometimes blisters or blood blisters.

Updated : 2022-05-22 16:31 GMT+08:00