According to the official reports, a 10-year-old Australian girl is recovering four months after she was stung by the deadliest creature on land or in the water.
The Australian Broadcasting Corp. has reported that Rachel Shardlow was wounded by a box jellyfish while swimming in the Calliope River in Queensland more than 12 miles from the sea. She spent six weeks in a hospital in Brisbane but her father said she is on the road to recovery.
Fears that his daughter would suffer brain damage weren't borne out, Geoff Shardlow has said.
He said, "Physically she's still got some scarring and she's wearing the pressure bandages. Mentally we've noticed a small amount of short-term memory loss, like riding a pushbike to school and forgetting she's taken a pushbike."
The box jellyfish can "kill humans faster than any other venomous animal we know," Jamie Seymour of James Cook University said.
She told the Australian Broadcasting Corp, "Usually when you see people who have been stung by box jellyfish with that number of the tentacle contact on their body it's usually in a morgue."
(With Inputs from Agencies)