A pregnant woman and her unborn baby have died after a suspected snake bite.

St John Ambulance officers were called to a home in the Mid-West WA town of Meekatharra, 775 kilometres north-east of Perth, at 8:43pm on Monday evening.

A Royal Flying Doctor Service spokeswoman told AAP the woman was 31 weeks pregnant.

It was reported the woman, in her 20s, had been bitten while outside her home and began fitting, shares ABC news.

The woman was taken to Meekatharra Hospital but died shortly after arrival.

Despite their best efforts, doctors were unable to save her unborn baby.

Her body will be taken to Perth for a post-mortem examination but it could take some months to determine the exact cause of death and type of bite.

Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

Our thoughts are with all involved. Such a horrible tragedy.

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  • Such a horrible tragedy. Someone has lost a partner as well as a baby, whose life is over before it began….


  • Every condolence to the family at this tragic and deeply heartbreaking time.


  • A very painful tragedy it would have been for the lady as she struggled to breathe. While snakes seem to be very “busy” in hot dry weather they can give you a nasty fright on a sunny Winter day too. We had a scare with one curled up on the road (it looked like some rope). As we drove past it it partially “loosened” the dtuck its head up in the air. It was in the middle of the road which runs between a large golf course and a school R -Year 7. It happened late on a Sunday afternoon. I contacted the school early on the Monday morning so the teachers ocould be informed and be alert in case it was found. There is a lot of shrubs along the border of the school grounds so it could have decided to go in them. I was told they were going to make a special announcement at assembly before the kids went into class and the teachers would also be asked to speak to their pupils about the danger of them and what to do, including reporting it to the first teacher they saw.


  • A truly tragic and sad news story – how heartbreaking for the poor family.


  • I heard this on the news. So tragic !! My thought & prayers go out to the family.


  • Thinking of the family left behind.
    A quick action of the vemon. Would want to have more awareness in different snakes and how fast the vemon starts to end….with summer at the moment, snakes have been on my minx a lot lately. Got fears of snakes.


  • What a pity they couldn’t save them. Very sad. :-(


  • Very sad. Condolences to her family.


  • How sad :( Thoughts are with her family.


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