Bite victim saved by a 'cosmic' calling

The Five Around the World team of Sofia, Leo, Luke and Evan Tanswell and Clara Domingo with Kelsey Creek local Vicki Lee.
The Five Around the World team of Sofia, Leo, Luke and Evan Tanswell and Clara Domingo with Kelsey Creek local Vicki Lee. Peter Carruthers

WHEN John and Vicki Lee answered an ad on Gumtree they had no idea the decision would end up saving a life.

After Cyclone Debbie hit their cattle property at the end of Silver Creek Rd in Kelsey Creek they answered a call for help posted by a family of travelling bloggers.

Clara Domingo and Evan Tanswell were in Bundaberg when Debbie touched down.

They travelled north to the Whitsundays and arrived in Airlie Beach when there was still no accommodation available and they pushed on to Kelsey Creek to help with the clean-up effort.

No sooner had they arrived when Vicki was struck down by a suspected bite from a taipan.

"I got up out of the lounge chair and landed flat on my face," she said.


Vicki Lee from Kelsey Creek was rushed to hospital with a suspected snake bite last after Cyclone Debbie hit.
Vicki Lee from Kelsey Creek was rushed to hospital with a suspected snake bite last after Cyclone Debbie hit. Peter Carruthers

"I got on the phone to him (John) and said I don't know if I have been bitten by a snake or I am having a stroke."

John was away from the house and Vicki couldn't make the 30 minute drive to Proserpine Hospital.

Vicki made it down the stairs and reached out to the recently-arrived travellers.

"They bundled Vicki into the car and bolted," John said.

While enroute to the hospital neighbour Marilyn Madeo phoned 000.

From Proserpine Hospital Vicki was airlifted to Mackay Hospital where she received treatment and was released a few days later.

Clara said her family being in the right place at the right time was not just good luck.

"I was guided to be here," she said.

"It was a little bit like 'there is something we have to do' and it needs to be done.

"The first few days here (in the Whitsundays) it was a little bit chaotic and we didn't know why we were here.

"But I had the feeling that something had to be done here. And as soon as we got here... literally, as I lay down to rest she (Vicki) came and asked for help."

Clara was told by the doctors at the Proserpine Hospital if she had not been there to help Vicki she would not have made it.

"I am very glad we were here," Clara said.

Clara and Evan write a blog called Five Around the World and are travelling with their children, Leo, Luke and Sofia.

Vicki said she "would have been stuffed without these people being here".

"They just grabbed me and threw me in the car and the ambulance met us halfway."

Topics:  cyclone debbie five around the world kelesy creek proserpine snake bite tc debbie

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