Police escort helps rush woman to hospital after snakebite in Keelung City

Police in Keelung City provided a patrol car to escort a woman to hospital after she was bitten by a venomous snake Thursday, November 18.

Ms Zhan was tending her flower garden at home in Qidu District, Thursday evening, when she was bitten on the ankle by a Taiwanese pit viper, also known as the Taiwan habu (Protobothrops mucrosquamatus).

To save time, rather than call an ambulance, Zhan’s husband drove to Fuxing Police Station, and rushed in to inform the duty officer that his wife had been bitten by a snake.

The officer, named Chen, drove a police car with siren blaring as escort to Cathay General Hospital in Xizhi District, New Taipei City, taking just 5 minutes to make a journey that would normally take around 15 minutes.

Ms Zhan was treated with antivenom, and is out of danger.

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