By Bilal Kuchay
This is the incredible moment an injured eight-foot-long Burmese python underwent a Computed Tomography (CT) scan- the first of its kind, at a private clinic in India.
The python was discovered by forest officials in Ananadpur in the eastern Indian state of Odisha with multiple injuries on its body and head.
After being handed over to Snake Helpline, an organisation that focuses on the health of snakes and assists in snake rescues in the eastern state, doctors at Modern Health Care Clinic conducted the CT scan on it and found multiple head injuries.
Dr Bishwadeep Jana said: “The scan revealed the soft tissue edema in the cranial region of python’s head.
“It is recovering fast but we will keep it under observation for at least a month.”
The doctor further claimed that this was the first time a scan had been conducted on a snake as ” the machines are very costly and an animal or a reptile can damage it.
“It is a common practice in the West but here, hospitals do not want to take any risk.”
The giant snake was made to stick to the table using an adhesive medical tape to restrain its movement.
“As there was no provision for such treatment at the government hospitals, to convince the doctors at a private clinic to allow the python in for a CT scan was the biggest challenge for us.
“We are thankful to the doctors and the proprietor of the clinic who agreed and allowed the CT scan to happen.
“Even though there was a case of a python being given anesthesia abroad, but we feared to do so here.”
With the first such case of a giant python’s CT Scan, it is believed that it will encourage other hospitals and private clinics to allow the animals and other reptiles for scans in emergency.