This is going to give me nightmares, I just know it. Cringe. In Ohio, a 911 operator got a very bizarre emergency call. A woman who is said to have eleven snakes in her home and who rescues them, evidently had a very unpleasant encounter with a 5 ft. 6 in. boa constrictor. It wrapped itself around her body and latched onto her face. It was biting her nose and face y’all. Damn and ouch! Traumatized does not even begin to cover this. They found her in her driveway where the snake was doing its best to kill her.
The woman is 45 years-old and lives in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. The 911 call is just horrifying. The town is about ten miles west of Cleveland. She had just rescued two boa constrictors the day before and one of them turned on her big time. The 911 recording was released and makes it clear that she’s in distress. She frantically yells at the operator, “I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face!” That’s pretty clear, but the operator was still incredulous: “Ma’am, you have a what?” Right there with her.
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And here’s why you always carry a knife. When they tried to get the snake to let go, it wasn’t about to. It just squeezed harder and bit down with more vigor. So, a quick-thinking firefighter pulled out his knife and cut off its head. They were then able to unwrap the poor woman and remove the snake parts from her body. The woman was not identified and I don’t blame her… embarrassing. She was transported to the hospital and her condition is unknown at this time. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The mayor of Sheffield, Dennis Bring, praised how the authorities and rescuers handled the situation. Well, the dispatcher kept calm and did her job. The firefighter saved the day though and not a bureaucrat was in sight. “I’m just really pleased with the paramedic’s response and you know the thought, to think that quick to take out a pocket knife,” Bring told WAFB. “Obviously he had to destroy the snake, but he had no other choice,” Bring said. Uh duh and good freaking riddance.
The nutty woman who was the victim, told the dispatcher during the call that she had rescued two boa constrictors on Wednesday and that she owned nine ball pythons. “I would imagine the bite was very painful so she’s going to have to put up with that awhile, too. And now she’s going to have to make a decision on whether she continues to do this,” Bring said. Ya think? Man, talk about a hard lesson learned.