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Qld boy breathing on own after snake bite

AAP logoAAP 3/10/2016

A two-year-old Queensland boy who was bitten three times by one of the deadliest snakes in the world is breathing on his own.

However, Eli faces a series of tests to determine the extent of brain damage from his cardiac arrest, which he suffered after being bitten by the coastal taipan while collecting eggs from his family's chicken pen in Agnes Water.

In an update on a fundraising page, Eli's mother Brittany said the toddler was preparing to move from the intensive care unit into a neurology ward as early as Tuesday.

"Eli is no longer considered 'fighting for his life'," she wrote.

"Our amazingly strong little man is off ventilation."

Eli suffered a cardiac arrest and had to be revived by paramedics before being airlifted to the Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital after he was bitten by the deadly snake more than a week ago.

Brittany said the extent of brain damage her son had suffered as a result of the cardiac arrest was unclear.

"The area of his brain that has been affected the most is the occipital lobe, responsible for interpreting what he sees, so our spectrum is from Eli being unable to recognize objects, to hallucinations, to blindness. He also may have some motor function impairment," she said.

Eli now faces a series of tests and rehabilitation, which could take months.

The coastal taipan is the third most venomous snake in Australia and one of the deadliest in the world.

More than $24,000 has been raised on a GoFundMe page, set up by family friend Blake Hyland to help aid Eli's recovery.

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