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Paramedics use pocketknife to cut boa constrictor from woman’s face

Posted at 12:26 AM, Jul 31, 2017

SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio -- A 911 call captured a portion of the terrifying ordeal an Ohio woman suffered after a boa constrictor she rescued wrapped around her, started squeezing and bit her on the face Thursday.

According to the Sheffield Lake Fire Department, crews found the 45-year-old woman lying in the driveway of her home on East Lake Road.

Officials said the 5-and-a-half foot snake had wrapped around her neck and was biting her nose.

The woman was lying in the driveaway when crews arrived.

The woman was lying in the driveaway when crews arrived.

Desperate 911 call: 'Hurry please'

"I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face... I'm outside with it. I just rescued it yesterday, please," the woman says.

During the call to 911, the dispatcher can be heard saying, "I've never heard of this before."

"Please hurry, he's [unintelligible] on my nose," the woman cries.

The dispatcher asks the woman if she can try prying open the snake's jaw.

"No, I'm trying. There's blood everywhere."

"His jaw won't open?" the dispatcher asks.

"No," the woman replies. "He's like five and a half feet."

The dispatcher then asks the woman about rescuing the snake.

"Yes, I rescued two," she explains.

"Is the other one put away," the dispatcher asks.

"Yes. All of my snakes are put away," she says. "I have eleven."

Officials said the woman has nine ball pythons as well as the two boa constrictors that she rescued.

Click here to listen to the complete 911 call.

The dispatcher then tells the woman that police and an ambulance are on the way.

"Oh," the woman cries. "Yes, I'm on the ground."

She tells the dispatcher that she is not having any difficulty breathing, but is "just scared" that she cannot move.

"Oh God. Hurry please," the victim says. "I am outside up front."

The woman's desperation is clear in her voice.

"He's around my waist and he's got my nose," the woman moans.

"It still won't release?" the dispatcher asks.

At that point sirens can be heard on the call as first responders arrive.

Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring

Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring

Mayor praises first responders 

When EMS crews arrived, officials said the reptile was biting the woman's face and would not release, WOIO reported.

One of the paramedics pulled out a pocketknife and chopped off the snake's head.

The reptile's remains were then thrown into a nearby trashcan.

The woman was taken an area hospital where she was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.

Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring said the quick-thinking paramedic saved the woman's life.

"I'm just really pleased with the paramedics response and you know the thought, to think that quick to take out a pocket knife," Bring said. "Obviously he had to destroy the snake, but he had no other choice."

Empty cage

Empty cage

An empty snake cage was spotted in the woman's front yard Friday morning.

The mayor said he believes the woman, who is known around town for her collection of pet snakes, woman traumatized by what happened.

"I would imagine the bite was very painful, so she's gonna have to put up with that while, too," Bring said, "And now she's gonna have to make a decision on whether she continues to do this."