Snakebite man drives to hospital

Last updated 15:15 17/03/2014

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A man has driven himself to hospital after being bitten by a deadly brown snake in North Queensland.

A rescue helicopter spokeswoman said the man, 28, was bitten on Sunday night while he was getting out of his car in the Whitsundays region.

The man then drove himself to Proserpine Hospital for treatment, where a pressure bandage was applied to stop the snake's lethal venom entering his bloodstream.

He was then flown by helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital about 11pm for further observation and treatment.

Brown snakes were considered one of the world's deadliest serpents and were responsible for the most snakebite-related deaths in Australia.

Last week another Queensland man was bitten by a brown snake in his backyard.

The man, 54, called an ambulance and sat down with a beer while he waited for it to arrive. He was treated with anti-venom and survived.

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