Girl Survives Deadly Box Jellyfish Stings

BRISBANE, Australia, April 27 (UPI) — A 10-year-old Australian girl is recovering four months after she was stung by the deadliest creature on land or in the water.

Rachel Shardlow was wounded by a box jellyfish while swimming in the Calliope River in Queensland more than 12 miles from the sea, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reports. She spent six weeks in a hospital in Brisbane but her father said she is on the road to recovery.

Geoff Shardlow said fears his daughter would suffer brain damage weren’t borne out.

“Physically she’s still got some scarring and she’s wearing the pressure bandages,” he said. “Mentally we’ve noticed a small amount of short-term memory loss, like riding a pushbike to school and forgetting she’s taken a pushbike.”

Jamie Seymour of James Cook University said the box jellyfish can “kill humans faster than any other venomous animal we know.”

“Usually when you see people who have been stung by box jellyfish with that number of the tentacle contact on their body it’s usually in a morgue,” she told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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