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Snake bite victim thanks P-plater who saved her life

BEAR Grylls has nothing on 73-year-old Edna-Mae Green of Lower Mount Walker.

The retiree survived a bite from the extremely venomous eastern brown snake thanks to her quick thinking and the help of a Good Samaritan.

The death-defying tale began when Edna-Mae went to check on her aviary birds at about 2pm on Thursday after hearing them making more noise than usual.

"I was watering the plants and went to see what was bothering them and stood on the snake," she said.

"It clamped on me straight away so I pulled my foot back. It tried to bite me again so I jumped up on the stairs.

"The pain was terrible. I got a plastic grocery bag that was on the table and tied it around my upper calf and twisted a pen around it to make it tight."

She believes she might not have survived without the help of a complete stranger.

"I phoned triple zero and no one was answering so I got in the car and using one leg drove out to the highway," she said.

As it turned out teenager Rebecca Crook was parked on the side of the highway while her father and brother were fixing a flat tyre.

LUCKY ESCAPE: Edna-Mae shows the bruising she suffered after surviving a snake bite. (inset) The mark on her toe from the snake bite.
LUCKY ESCAPE: Edna-Mae shows the bruising she suffered after surviving a snake bite. (inset) The mark on her toe from the snake bite. INGA WILLIAMS

Edna-Mae saw Rebecca in the truck, pulled over and asked her if she could rush her to hospital.

Rebecca took the wheel and set sail for Ipswich Hospital.

The pair was met on the journey by an ambulance, who took the 73-year-old straight to the emergency department.

Edna-Mae said the entire trip was a little blurry.

"I just remember telling the ambos not to let me die."

After 24 hours in intensive care and a couple of close calls when she received the antivenom, the 73-year-old spent five days in hospital before she was released.

"It all hits me now that this was the closest to death I've ever been," she said.

"I was bitten by a snake four years ago, but the venom never took.

"I'll never go outside again without closed in shoes."

Rebecca said she was happy to hear Mrs Green was alright.

"I've only had my Ps for about two months so I'm happy I could drive her," she said.

"She's amazing. I'm just so relieved to hear she's fine now."

With tears in her eyes Edna-Mae said she wouldn't have been alive if Rebecca hadn't taken such swift action.

"I'm just so thankful for Rebecca," she said.

"She stayed so calm and helped me focus. She took my car home afterwards and locked up the house.

"She's an angel."

Rebecca Crook helped Edna-Mae Grimmett-Green by driving her to hospital after she was bitten by an eastern browns snake. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times
Rebecca Crook helped Edna-Mae Grimmett-Green by driving her to hospital after she was bitten by an eastern browns snake. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Inga Williams

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