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Bit by Mark Moffett
This piece details the life and death of a field biologist, herpetologist, and snake wrangler Joe Slowinski. Joe is with a group of scientists studying snakes in Burma when he is bitten by a krait. 48 hours he is dead. It is slow, methodical death, described in painful by the author who was part of the expedition.
Article: 9 of 10
It is depressing. Like extremely depressing. Slowinski gets bitten and describes exactly how the next 48 hours will go. He sums it up by saying that either his body will reject the toxins or he will die. But either way, the road he was on would be grueling, Moffett writes well and brings the story to life.
Teachability: 9 of 10
There is something noble about how Slowinski faces his death, especially considering that for the last 30 hours of his life he couldn't breathe on his own, instead having to depend on the people in the travel party breathe into his mouth for him. I could see this being taught in a unit on tragedy or mortality. It would definitely add a real life component to it.