I was browsing through the channels and came across a title that caught my attention.
The title read Fatal Attractions. The show had already started, but I was able to see the full story of the second part of the documentary. We see Denise Abreu, a young lady from Florida jogging around her neighborhood. Suddenly, she feels a strong cramping in her leg. After looking to see what caused the pain, she noticed two bites in her leg. While looking down, she then notices a snake hiding in the grass. Frightened, panicked and in pain, she managed to drag herself back home.
Her family rushes her to the hospital. Feeling worried and scared for her life, they wait for the outcome. In the documentary, as she is telling her story, we notice that during the time she is being treated, she is anxious about finding out for herself what is going on as the doctors are doing everything possible to save her life.
Denise Abreu survived this near fatal bite. What is more shocking to me however, after watching her go through this experience, is that instead of avoiding them at all costs, she starts to develop a fascination for these animals.
She became intrigued and wanted to learn more about them. After much reading and research, she decided she wanted to work in a lab where all sorts of dangerous and poisonous snakes are kept, including the type that had bitten her.
We later see Denise working in a lab that extracts venom from snakes. Some time passes and Denise is still working in the lab after the accident.
In another reenactment we see Denise gardening in her back yard. As she is plowing in the garden, she feels a sharp pain in her forearm. She checks her arm and recognizes the bite. It is no other than the bite of a snake.
Once again, we see her being treated in the emergency. The antidote she was given was not working. In an effort to save her life the doctor doubles the amount of antidote and Denise responds. This experience was more threatening than the first.
After a few weeks, Denise is recuperated and back at work. We see her working with the snakes as she holds them while their venom is being extracted. It usually takes a year for a person to gain the confidence and skills to perform this type of work, Denise accomplished it in three months. Later in the show, we even see her holding the snake’s head and extracting the venom. This girl would seem like someone with the makings of a superhero.
After working in the lab for about a year, with no incidents, we see her getting ready to go home. She sees something blocking the vent of one of the cages of the snake and she moves it. I don’t remember if this is the reason why she moves the object, what I vividly do remember is the snake sticking its fangs through the vent and biting her hand.
This time the bite was so poisonous, that the doctor was unable to keep the venom from spreading and suggested that her hand be removed. Upon Denise’s refusal, the doctor told her about a very invasive procedure that could save her hand but was a lot more painful and riskier than removing the her hand. It involved extensive surgeries. She had to allow her hand to get as swollen as it could so the procedure could work. In the reenactment you could see just how excruciating the pain was. Her hand looked as if she had placed it inside a beehive.
Facing her mortality for the third time, she decided this was it. She was determined not to deal with snakes anymore.
I’m sure her family, who also faced her concerns and fears during these times, was relieved to finally hear this, since they had been pleading with her to quit this dangerous job.
Months pass, Denise is recuperated and walking two adorable little dogs. This vision had to be a sigh of relief for her family. She has two adorable Terriers.
Surprise, surprise, They’re back! and I don’t mean the dogs. I am referring to those venomous snakes. This time she is hiding them in her apartment. Once inside her apartment we see the collection of snakes she has in there, one that can cause anyone to have nightmares, much less someone who has been bitten by them.
Ms Denise Abreu shares with us how she wants to be the first woman to own a snake lab. Wow, this was quite a documentary, almost as incredible as Denise Abreu.