Lucy John, from Wabo village, was bitten by a death adder while completing the day's tasks with her husband, Iksy.
Oil Search says Iksy knew that Lucy's life was in grave danger and that an anti-venom dose was the only way to save her and was aware that it could be sourced at the Oil Search seismic base camp situated on the river bank about 40km away. With no time to lose, he carried her to a motorised canoe and travelled at nightfall, through bad weather, to the seismic camp.
The couple was met by Oil Search's medical doctor, Dr Robert Imambu and his medical team quickly stabilised Lucy with an anti-venom infusion and monitored her progress throughout the evening. She made a full recovery by the next morning and was discharged.. The company's community affairs team then supplied fuel for the family's trip home.
"If Oil Search wasn't here, I would have lost my wife, and this would be devastating for my children and I. Thank you very much," Iksy John said.
Oil Search says its seismic team has now saved the life of three snake bite victims from the Wabo area. "Anti-venom is costly, about K20,000 per dose, and needs special cool storage, so is typically not available in remote clinics," Oil Search said.