Irukandji still hurts days after sting



A SHOT of morphine barely stabilised the pain Dimiti Bredhauer felt after being stung by an irukandji jellyfish on Humpy Island.

The intense pain left the 13year-old St Ursula's College student rolling in agony, with an intense feeling of anxiety. A week-and-a-half later Dimiti said she still felt the pain.

"Sometimes when I sit in the sun it still hurts,'' she said.

"I had back pain for a few days after too.''

Dimiti's mother, Tascia, said she had been playing in about 30cm of water with her siblings and friends when she got stung.

"She was the only one who got stung,'' said the 38-year-old mother of three.

The sting, which took about half an hour to take effect, shot pain throughout Dimiti's body.

The family rushed her to Yeppoon Hospital where medics ap- plied a vinegar gauze and gave her morphine.

This was the first time any of the family has been stung by a jellyfish and Mrs Bredhauer said it opened her eyes. "I will definitely be buying stinger suits.''

Two other people were stung this week on the Capricorn Coast.

A 19-year-old woman was taken to hospital on Sunday after being stung at Keppel Sands and a man, 20, was stung near Five Rocks Beach on Monday.



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