Elizabeth Kobe, 9/22/03

Dominica Republic

On 9/21/03, Elizabeth Kobe was swimming in the waters of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and encountered a portuguese man of war.  This photo taken the next day shows the blisters and painful swelling caused from the venomous stings. Other areas of her body came into contact with the portuguese man of war. She received little treatment from the resorts medical doctor. The delayed treatment resulted in temporary spinal paralysis, muscular pain and other neurological processing problems. Initial treatment usually consists of removing toxins from the area effected as well as intravenous antihistamine, antiinflammantory and pain medication. Recovery is usually three to six weeks with proper treatment. Elizabeth recovered eight months later.

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