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miracle!!! girl survived jellyfish
April 29, 2010, 1:58 pm
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ABC: A 10-year-old girl’s survival after an encounter with a box jellyfish in Queensland last year could be a one-of-a-kind story, experts say.

Rachael Shardlow was stung by the world’s most venomous creature while swimming 23 kilometres upstream from the ocean mouth in the Calliope River, near Gladstone, in December.

Rachael’s 13-year-old brother, Sam, pulled her onto the riverbank. She told him she could not see or breathe, and fell unconscious with the jellyfish’s tentacles 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 said.

“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.”

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