Man records last day of life after being bit by a snake

Man records last day of life after being bit by a snake

Dr. Karl P. Schmidt, a famed snake expert, was handling a snake in 1957 he thought was not a poisonous boomslang, due to its unusual features. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a boomslang, and it bit him. He wrote down his symptoms over the next 24 hours in a diary until he died.

IFL Science reports on the video made about it,

The short film was produced by SciFri and shows the excerpts from the report which the press referred to as “the death diaries.”

Schmidt died just 24 hours after the bite with massive bleeding from his eyes, kidneys, lungs, heart and brain. Did he underestimate the venom’s effects? Could he just not get his hands on any boomslang antivenom? Or was his death a martyrdom to knowledge?

The boomslang is notorious for causing its victims to bleed out of every orifice. Schmidt ultimately died from respiration paralysis. Sources said later that Schmidt didn’t think there was enough venom to kill him, and he knew that the only anti-venom available at the time was in Africa. Perhaps that is the reason why he documented his symptoms, he expected he would improve. Watch the short, tragic video below.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2016.

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