Woman nearly dies after a five-and-a-half-foot boa constrictor wraps itself around her body and latches its jaws onto her face.
In Sheffield Lake, Ohio, dispatchers received an urgent 911 call from a woman who was being attacked by a five-and-a-half-foot boa constrictor.
"I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face," the woman told the dispatcher.
According to the call, the woman is the owner of 11 snakes: nine ball pythons and two boa constrictors that she rescued previous to the attack.
The attack took place in the woman's front yard after the snake got free from its cage and managed to latch its jaws onto the woman's nose.
"Can you pry its jaw open?" asked the dispatcher.
"No, I'm trying," said the woman. "There's blood everywhere."
Listen to the full 911 audio here:
As the call continues, the woman desperately begs for help while the dispatcher ensures her that the paramedics and police are on their way.
"He's wrapped around my legs and he's got my nose," said the woman as the frantic 911 call winds to an end.
By the time help arrived, the woman was lying on the driveway with the boa constrictor wrapped around her neck. Considering the urgency of the situation, first responders had no choice but to decapitate the snake with a pocket knife.
"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," said Denis Bing, mayor of Sheffield Lake. "Obviously he had to destroy the snake but he had no other choice."
After the snake was killed, paramedics uncoiled it from the woman's body and rushed her to the hospital where medical staff determined she was more frightened than injured.
Although the woman declined to be interviewed, an empty snake cage was found outside her driveway, which may suggest she is reconsidering her hobby.
"I would imagine the bite was very painful so she's gonna have to put up with that while [SIC] too. And now she's gonna have to make a decision on whether she continues to do this," Mayor Bing told WAFB.
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