To call 10-year-old Rachel Shardlow a survivor is an understatement.
In December, the girl tangled with a box jellyfish, one of the world's most venomous creatures, in the Calliope River near Gladstone, Australia.
"Usually when you see people who have been stung by box jellyfish with that number of the tentacle contacts on their body, it's usually in a morgue," Jamie Seymour, a zoology and tropical ecology associate professor at James Cook University told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
The creature didn't just sting the girl. It enveloped her: Its tentacles wrapped around her limbs and wouldn't let go. She couldn't see or breathe. The creature, which is capable of killing an adult in four minutes, wrapped its tentacles tighter and knocked her unconscious.
"I don't know of anybody in the entire literature where we've studied this where someone has had such an extensive sting that has survived," Seymour told ABC. "When I first saw the pictures of the injuries I just went, 'you know to be honest, this kid should not be alive'. I mean they are horrific."
After several weeks in the hospital Shardlow is still feeling the effects - but the fact she is feeling anything at all - let alone doing as well as she is baffles Seymour. For now, besides scarring and memory loss, she is doing well, her family told ABC.
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There have been others who have survived being stung by the deadly jellyfish, but Seymour said many of them are stung quickly, but not to the extent Shardlow was and with as many tentacles wrapped around them, Seymour said.
Seymour and other Queensland researchers received a $40,000 grant to investigate just how lethal is the venom of Irukandji and its relative box jellyfish. They will also look for treatments to help those like Shardlow who are stung by them.
The jellyfish, found often in the Great Barrier Reef, can have as many as 15 tentacles on each corner of its bodies with nearly 5,000 stinging cells, according to a guide to sea creatures posted on the Great Barrier Reef site.
As I read the heated exchanges between the believers and the atheists on this site, I just can't help but think that we'd all be better off if people kept their religious (or non-religious) views to themselves. Why don't we stop wearing our faith (or lack thereof) on our sleeves and stop trying to covert others? Look at all the strife that results when people of one religion try to force their belief system a group of people who subscribe to a different set of beliefs (how many wars have been fought in the name of religion?). Religion isn't bad, forcing it on others is.....same goes for atheism.
You people have GOT to be kidding me. Let's praise whatever entity we want to praise, or let's just say that this little girl is something really special, but for the love of Pete, why do we have to turn EVERYTHING into a political or religious debate? Let's practice some tolerance for one another and our individual beliefs and turn the focus back to this little girl who survived something that was supposed to be totally unsurvivable! Speedy recovery, Rachel!
Brilliant LL, just brilliant. Whatever all that means...
God protected this little girl so we would see his power and believe !
What a relief for her family. We need more happy ending stories in the news. As far as the whole god thing goes I think it's ridiculous when people thank god for saving someone from a condition "he" put them in. If I'm somebody is standing by a baby who falls into a kiddie pool face down and drowning is he infinitely merciful if he reaches down and lifts him up? I'd say to the contrary he is a monster if he stands by watching and does nothing. How is it that people feel such gratitude to a god who is only doing the absolute LEAST they would expect from anybody, even from somebody self absorbed or unethical. Add to that, if god is responsible for the situation in the first place, and if it is his own CHILD then it's unconscienable that he would stand by and do nothing. If you were to intentionally push someone in front of a subway train and then take them to the hospital I just don't think you deserve to be thanked in any way shape or form
Religion was created to explain the unexplainable. belief in the Sun god- gone.. why? Science explained the sun. Faith to Mars the god of war? Gone.. why? Because man used common sense to figure out the better strategy/weapons/manpower the better outcome for your side in war. belief in the deity of the sea? Gone because science discovered the tides.
God saved this little girl until science uncovers more about the event
that is my opinion but it seems to be based on facts doesnt it
Porr little girl!
I'm glad god's plan to kill you with a jellyfish was thwarted!
What a blessed little girl. Wishing you a full recovery!
"We just 'popped out'? Four BILLION years of evolution falls within the 'popped out' timeframe to you? Do you even know how long that is? Wow, you must be very hard to impress."
That was a quote.. Just another a way of quoting the simplistic atheist amazing-faith view of "BOOM, here we are." No reason, no force behind it all, just "BIG BOOM!".
"Religious" would be the last label anyone would put on me.. But, 'something out of nothing' just doesn't explain anything.
God does chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise..1 Corinthians 1:27
He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and then end, the first and the last and he will not share his Glory with any person. It will be a blessed day when every knee bows and tounges confess that Jesus is Lord and w/o him NOTHING exists!
Things happen for a reason although we may not always understand why. Yes, this little girl is innocent but sometimes you have to taste the bitter to really appreciate/ know the sweet. If you never have a little trial or go through something bad, you wouldnâ€™t appreciate the time that you didnâ€™t have any trials that much. And through trials, we become better people and develop qualities that otherwise we wouldnâ€™t develop. Trials do not shape us only but people around us. It also helps us remember God. I think itâ€™s sad that people do not believe in God. I love what someone said earlier "Every Knee Shall Bow and Every Tongue Shall Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.â€ť We will all hear the truth again when we depart from our mortal bodies, and it will be a sad day for the people who have refused to believe.
Wow, just like Peter Parker, this girl will soon become a superhero with special powers.
You Don't have to prove God to anyone or His Goodness He Is !!! Thank God
What a relief for her family. We need more happy ending stories in the news. As far as the whole god thing goes I think it's ridiculous when people thank god for saving someone from a condition "he" put them in. If somebody is standing by a baby who falls into a kiddie pool face down and drowning is he infinitely merciful if he reaches down and lifts him up? I'd say to the contrary he is a monster if he stands by watching and does nothing. How is it that people feel such gratitude to a god who is only doing the absolute LEAST they would expect from anybody, even from somebody self absorbed or unethical. Add to that, if god is responsible for the situation in the first place, and if it is his own CHILD then it's unconscienable that he would stand by and do nothing. If you were to intentionally push someone in front of a subway train and then take them to the hospital I just don't think you deserve to be thanked in any way shape or form
come on people this is stupid, the girl is ok thats all that matters