Box jelly victim recalls sheer agony

LISA Baker yesterday attempted to describe the agony of a box jellyfish sting.

“It’s almost impossible to describe,” she said. “The pain became so unbearable my body just stopped feeling anything.”

Ms Baker recounted the moment she was stung by in 1993, to promote dangers about swimming in the Calliope River, following the recent attack on 12-year-old Rachael Shardlow.

“We aren’t the only ones who have been stung either,” she said.

“I’ve heard plenty of stories about people being attacked.”

Ms Baker said she contacted council at the time and they promised to put up signs to warn the public.

“When nothing was done, I assumed I was the only one and that it was a freak occurrence” she said.

“So I’ve let my kids swim in there since. Not anymore though.”

Ms Baker said she could not work for five months because her hand swelled and she could not grab objects. It took about two years for the scars to fade, she said.

Ms Baker said she was lucky she was able to apply vinegar to her arm fairly quickly after the attack, and feels Rachael’s life was saved for the same reason.



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