Deadly Snake Plunges Down Waterfall, Attacks Woman Swimming Below

A Brazilian doctor was bitten by a venomous snake after it fell down the waterfall she was swimming beneath.

Video footage of the incident shows Dieynne Saugo was standing under a waterfall at a popular tourist destination in Brazil when she was bitten on Sunday. She can be heard screaming in pain and swimming away from the waterfall in the background of the video, which is being shared widely on social media.

Saugo was swimming at the Serra Azul Waterfall in the State of São Paolo when the snake was dragged by the current from the river above and landed on her, biting her twice on the arm. Local media identified the snake as the highly venomous Bothrops jararaca.

Animal Diversity says that the Bothrops jararaca snake poses a risk to humans and that the toxins present in their venom can cause "swelling at the envenomation site, necrosis, blistering, hemorrhagic blebs, systemic bleeding into the skin, gums, and nose, and subconjunctival hemorrhage.

"Collectively, these effects can lead to death due to shock, renal failure, and intracranial hemorrhage, compounded by severe hypotension."

A health team was called immediately and the doctor was given an antidote before being taken to a hospital, where she is currently in ICU. According to Saugo's sister, she had 70 percent of her airways compromised and had to undergo surgery.

Saugo's sister said: "People who are concerned about my sister's situation, she is in the ICU, but she is in a stable state, thank God.

"She has two bites, it is swollen where it bit, which is normal in the situation that happened, but it has already disinfected a lot.

Bothrops jararaca snake
Picture taken on February 12, 2008, showing a close-up of an extracted drop of venom pending on a serpent mouth classified as "Jararaca" (Bothrops jararaca), at the Butantan Institute, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A doctor is Brazil is in the ICU after being bitten by a Bothrops Jararaca while swimming under a waterfall. Mauricio Lima/Getty

"Thank you for the messages and support, I just ask for prayers to get through this soon, and I know that everything will be okay, because whoever is in charge, is bigger than everything."

Her sister said that the family opted for Saugo to undergo a tracheoscopy as opposed to intubation, as they said the latter would come with a high risk of Saugo developing pneumonia, which is especially dangerous right now because of coronavirus.

The family shared updates on Saugo's condition via Instagram, where the doctor has more than 150,000 followers. Her fans have shared messages of support and get well wishes via social media.