Miami venom expert helps Iraqi doctors save girl

MIAMI (AP) - Eight hours had passed since the viper snake bit her on the hand.

Now her blood was pooling in her abdominal cavities.

But a call on Saturday to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Antivenom
Unit for some expert advice thousands of miles away may have saved
her life.

Capt. Ernie Jillson walked doctors through the process. He told
them how much medicine to give and what to look for, including
anaphylactic shock.

Jillson, who is the head of the unit, is also a military reservist who has served previously in Iraq.

He said the girl remains in critical condition, but is
Information from: The Miami Herald,

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