Sundai is one of the many amputees who lose a limb to snakebite. An estimated 125,000 people die each year, and some 400,000 snakebite victims will suffer from deformities and long-term health issues. He and his family now live in fear and are afraid to leave their home at night.
Jepchirchir was left deformed and blind from a cobra bite, the same cobra that claimed her sister’s life. It is common for snakebite victims to be shunned and the chances of her living a productive life are virtually nil. She will most likely never marry.
A Kenyan family pays respect to their daughter buried next to their home. Her twin sister was bitten on the hand from the same cobra in the same evening. The family, now broke, cares for the surviving daughter who is blind, unable to walk and has a severely deformed hand.
The venom from the Papua New Guinea taipan is extracted to be used to create a new antivenom that is affordable and effective. When finally produced, it will be one-tenth the cost of the current antivenom purchased by the local government.
The wound of a Kenyan child bitten by a cobra. Like many snakebite victims, she will undergo continued trips to the hospital for wound care and eventually, a skin graft.
The family of a young baker, Periyasamy watches over him in an Indian hospital. Periyasamy was bitten by a Russell’s Viper and is now on a ventilator. Anticipated hospital costs will put the family in debt for five to eight years.