A 13 year old girl was the victim of a snake bite which in turn caused her leg to turn completely black and horrifically shrivel up, resembling a mummified body part.
This horrific picture shows a young girl’s leg that has shriveled and turned completely black after being bitten by a snake.
The snake’s venom caused severe necrosis – the premature death of cells.
This caused the tissue in her leg to die, leaving it withered and rotten.
Due to the severe necrosis, a condition called rhabdomyolysis, where muscle tissue throughout the body begins to die, has set in. ‘Compartment syndrome’, a serious condition which causes a decrease in blood supply to the affected muscles within a compartment such as the leg, has also set in due to artery laceration from the snake bite. While antibiotics were likely given to the girl as part of the initial local remedy treatment, adequately controlling the poison from the snake venom was neglected. The poison paralyzed the nerves, causing the blood to clot. Dr. Ghosh explains how the blood clotting occurred, “The girl has had classic rural treatment which is often only able to treat local infection secondary to the bite. But she is unlikely to have received antivenom treatment to keep her blood flowing through her body.”