On Dec. 26th, 2020, Pete was bitten in the calf by a Fer-de-lance viper while patroling the Costa Rican jungle in the Osa Peninsula, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The Fer-de-lance is the most deadly snake in the Americas.
On arriving at the hospital, Pete was close to death, with the venom having already moved throughout his left leg and groin, in a large part because of the gruelling journey down rock faces and ravines in getting out of the jungle.
Pete remained in intensive care for 4 days, then was transferred to another ward. Pete was released after 2 weeks in hospital.
The hospital bill has come in at US$31,493 which is a massive amount for a small non profit like Earthrace. We're asking our supporters to donate to help us cover this massive bill.
If there are any excess funds once all the dust has settled on this, they will be used to fund our campaigns in Costa Rica supporting wildlife protection (Fishery patrols, K9 Jungle Patrols, UAV Surveillance of marine and terrestrial National Parks)).
UPDATE: As of January 21st, Pete's leg remains swolen and with an area of dead tissue in the calf. He has managed to row 2.5km, bike 12km, and has done his first moderate X Fit session. It's a long road to recovery, and it is thought there will be permanent damage in the calf, but as Pete says, he'll accept this, given how close he came to death.