Knit Flix

Monday, January 23, 2006

... she hadn't dropped a stitch

Bitten knitting gran offered Open tickets
Mon Jan 23, 4:21 AM ET

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An Australian great-grandmother who was bitten twice by a deadly snake while she sat on her sofa knitting and watching tennis has been offered free tickets to the Australian Open.

Val Makin was watching the grand slam tournament on television on Sunday at home in Werribee, near the Victorian state capital of Melbourne, when she was surprised by the metre-long brown snake.

"I got such a fright," the 78-year-old told Australian television, before adding that she hadn't dropped a stitch. "It just grabbed me on the arm and I threw it on the ground."

Makin was treated in hospital overnight and released. She said the snake's fangs had scratched her forearm but none of its deadly venom had entered her bloodstream.

Makin had been watching a replay of Australian Nathan Healey's third round match against Russian fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko when she was bitten. "I was crook on missing it," she said.

Australian Open officials contacted Makin on Monday to offer her free tickets but said she would most likely keep watching from her sofa.

"She said if she was 10 years younger she'd be here in a shot," a tournament spokeswoman said.


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