Friday, 17 July 2009

Former Plano girl bit by viper in Cambodia

By Stephanie Flemmons
Staff Writer
Thursday, July 16, 2009

A former Plano girl nearly died a week ago in Cambodia from a poisonous snake bite to her toe.

Catherine Rhea, 10, clung to life as her family and doctors desperately searched for the appropriate anti-venom serum to keep her alive.

After dinner July 9, Catherine was bitten while playing outside with her siblings at her family’s home in Phnom Penh, where the family has lived after moving there in April to run an orphanage.

Catherine’s mother, Akemi, said her daughter came inside crying and claimed she had stepped on a thorn and asked her to take it out. Thinking it was not a big deal, Akemi suggested she clean it up first and she would take a better look at the dirty wound.

Akemi said Catherine never approached her again to take a look at the wound, so she continued checking her e-mails, assuming she had washed up and gone back outside to play.

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