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Australian Boys Saved By Record Anti-venom Dose After Spider Bite
A 10-year-old boy has survived being bitten by one of the world's most venomous spiders after taking a record 12 vials of anti-venom (CCSS Level: Grade 8, Words: 233)
Feb 23, 2017 World News
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Matthew Mitchell was bitten on his finger by a funnel-web spider while helping his father clear out a shed at their home north of Sydney.

He then suffered multiple seizures, dilated eyes and began frothing at the mouth. His family used his shirt as a compression bandage to try to slow the venom's spread and rushed him to the nearest hospital.

"It sort of clawed onto me and all the legs and everything crawled around my finger and I couldn't get it off," he told Australian Daily Telegraph.

Matthew was given massive doses of anti-venom, thought to be one of the largest amounts ever given to a patient in Australia. He experienced convulsions, but survived after being given 12 vials of of the life-saving drug, which local media said was an Australian record.

Australia is home to a startling number of the world's most dangerous creatures, including snakes, spiders, jellyfish and octopuses. The spider in Matthew's case was captured and taken to the Australian Reptile Park near Sydney, where it is now being used in a venom-milking programme to develop more anti-venom.

Did you know the small and deadly funnel-wed spider

  • Is named after their irregular-shaped web. Funnel-web spiders live in moist habitats such as under logs or shrubbery or rotting parts of trees
  • They sometimes fall into swimming pools, where they can live up to 30 hours under water
  • Their venom can lead to heart collapse, affect the nervous system and intestines, and cause difficulty in breathing, often resulting in death
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help


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officially not allow


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fall down or in


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crea-ture

an animal, as distinct from a human being


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crea-tures

animals, beasts


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something really popular amongst a group of people


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dan-ger

something likely to cause harm or injury


n.危险

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likely to cause harm or injury, not safe


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hard, not easy


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ex-pe-ri-ence

come into contact with


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ex-pe-ri-enced

came into contact with; skillful


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hos-pi-tal

a place to care for sick or hurt people


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containing, having as part of the whole


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lap

once around a race rack


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mas-sive

huge, very big

 


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ner-vous

easily alarmed, anxious


adj.紧张

re-cord

the best or most ever measured    


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start-ling

very surprising or shocking


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stem

the main body or stalk of a plant or shrub, usually rising above ground


n.干茎

suf-fered

experienced something bad


v.受苦

sur-vive

live, especially after illness or injury


生存