Monday, October 7, 2013

The man who's survived bites from a HUNDRED poisonous snakes - including the deadly black mamba

Tim Friede, from Milwaukee, says he has built up immunity to various venomous snakes and claims he has now endured 100 poisonous bites.
Tim Friede says he has built up immunity to various venomous snakes and claims he has now endured 100 poisonous bites. (bottom left) The 45-year-old has injected himself with diluted venom and is now able to survive a snake bite from a black mamba, (right) which normally kills anyone bitten within just 20 minutes. Mr Friede can also survive bite from cobras (top left) and other deadly serpents.
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The unemployed factory worker says he wants to help create a cheaper and more effective anti-venom. He is pictured left with a monocled cobra and with a taipan snake, right 
The black mamba sinks its fangs into his arm and Mr Friede says this proves his immunity
A venomous water cobra sinks its fangs into his arm and Mr Friede says this proves his immunity
Mr Friede says he has endured and survived more than 100 bites from poisonous snakes
Mr Friede says he has endured and survived more than 100 bites from poisonous snakes
Mr Friede says he has endured and survived more than 100 bites from poisonous snakes 
'I take diluted injections of venom protein over time to build up my immune system.
'What that does is build up good antibodies through time that bind to the venom and neutralize it so I don't die.
'This is the same way they make anti-venom in horses, I just cut the horse out of the picture. I've become the horse.' 
However, he does suffer side-effects, including anaphylaxis. 
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause death through serious swelling and breathing difficulties.
Pictures show Mr Friede's swollen hand, which is caused by his own anti-bodies attacking his body.
He has regular kidney and liver tests to check his dangerous work is not causing damage to his organs. 
He has built up his immunity after injecting himself with diluted venom over months and years
He has built up his immunity after injecting himself with diluted venom over months and years
The black mamba bite left Mr Friede with a bloody puncture marks on his left arm
The black mamba bite left Mr Friede with a bloody puncture marks on his left arm
The snake bite left Mr Friede with a bloody puncture marks on his left arm 
The bites cause side-effects and Mr Friede suffers from anaphylaxis, wjocj leaves him with a severely swollen hand
The bites cause side-effects and Mr Friede suffers from anaphylaxis, which leaves him with a swollen hand
He records the bites (left) as evidence that the immunity is genuine
He records the bites (left) as evidence that the immunity is genuine
He records the bites using photographs and written dates (left) as evidence that the immunity is genuine 
He said: 'The worst venom-type is called necrotic cyotoxin. They cause bad scarring, and are the hardest to beat.'
Where no anti-venom is available to people bitten by a black mamba, which is native to eastern and southern Africa, the death rate is usually 100 per cent.
But that does not stop Mr Friede from keeping dozens of poisonous snakes in the basement of his house and is working hard to contribute to a vaccine he hopes will make a difference to snakebite victims worldwide.
'Snakes were here before us, we need to respect them and not kill them,' said Mr Friede.
A taipan snake - which is native to Australia - are among the most deadly land snakes in the world
A taipan snake - which is native to Australia - are among the most deadly land snakes in the world

Friede, 45, keeps a tank full of different venomous snakes at his home in Milwaukee

Culled from Dailymail

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