Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Snake-bite victim feared he'd die in Costa Rica

  • Print

VANCOUVER -- A British Columbia man bitten by a poisonous snake in Costa Rica is convinced that if he hadn't returned to Vancouver for health care, his children would be attending his funeral.

Sixty-one-year-old Michael Lovatt, of Robert's Creek on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast, didn't see a snake the whole month he was in the Central American country -- including the one that bit him the night before he was expected to leave for home.

He visited a hospital in Costa Rica where doctors took an X-ray, gave him painkillers and sent him on his way.

But by the time he got off the plane in B.C. Tuesday morning, the swelling from his foot had reached his thigh, and he headed directly to Vancouver General Hospital.

He neared tears during a telephone conference call with the media, saying the situation was very scary and at one point he believed he was going to die.

Doctors in Vancouver determined he'd been bitten by a poisonous snake and found a stock of antidote at Woodland Zoo in Seattle, Wash.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 23, 2013 A23

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Chief justices breakdown cameras in courtroom project

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Susan and Gary Harrisonwalk their dog Emma on a peaceful foggy morning in Assiniboine Park – Standup photo– November 27, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A gosling stares near water at Omands Creek Park-See Bryksa 30 day goose challenge- Day 25– June 21, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google