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Irish Army medic saves the life of a young woman bitten by deadly snake

Published 03/05/2016 | 10:44

Palestinian Viper. Corporal Paula Burcheal (Inset)
Palestinian Viper. Corporal Paula Burcheal (Inset)
Corporal Paula Burcheal. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Photo: Defence Forces Facebook

An Irish army medic has been hailed a hero after she saved the life of a young woman bitten by a snake in Syria.

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Corporal Paula Burcheal (28) came to the rescue after the local lady was attacked by the highly venomous Palestinian Viper.

The soldier, from Clane in Co Kildare, administered anti-venom medicine using a needle and the victim had a dramatic recovery.

In a post on Facebook the Defence Forces said the incident happened on Sunday, April 24 in the Golan Heights.

Venomous Palestinian Viper
Venomous Palestinian Viper

They added:”This time last week, as most of us were sitting down to our Sunday dinner Corporal Paula Burcheal, a medic with the 52 Infantry Group, was treating a lady that had been bitten by a Palestinian Viper.

“The snake, which is found throughout the Golan Heights, is a regular visitor to the positions occupied by Irish troops and its bite, if left untreated, can kill.

“Cpl Burcheal, who was deployed to render aid as part of the UNDOF mission's Quick Reaction Force administered anti-venom intravenously thereby saving the woman's life.”


Photo: Defence Forces Facebook
Photo: Defence Forces Facebook

Cpl Burcheal is in the region as part of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

A total of  130 Irish men and women are currently stationed in the Golan Heights.

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