Last Tuesday I was sitting in an exceptionally boring meeting at Ogle Aerodrome when I got called out by our other pilot to do a medivac to Philippi village in Region 7.
Two villages are notorious for having poisonous snakes. One is Chenaweng and the other is Philippi. This time it was a little girl about four years old who was bit on the calf by a large Laborea Snake.
When I arrived on the scene six hours after the incident the leg was already swollen up and she was starting to spit blood (a very bad sign). I immediately made a charcoal poultice and applied it to the bite. I also mixed up a solution of charcoal water for her to drink.
She was alert and I was hopeful that she might pull through, but when we arrived in Ogle and loaded her into the Ambulance, she threw everything up. Sadly, like other snake bite victims, she died on the operating table the next evening.
Today I'm going to fly her body back to Philippi, and the body of another man back to Chinaweng.
BUT... I'm planning to take some time on the ground in both areas to talk with each of the health workers, and give them some charcoal and instructions. I have a scar on my left ankle from a brown recluse spider bite that was successfully treated with charcoal. I plan to use it if I need to to try and drive home that charcoal really works.
Then I must move a bible worker to another village so he can start an evangelistic campaign, and then I must fly down South to meet some new Russian volunteers who are coming to help at our industrial college.
Please pray for me, because this is going to be a day of many challenges.