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Description: Horrors of Hydrophobia - Mrs. Emele McLaneDate: May 15 1884
Newspaper published in: Dallas, GA
Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 4, Column 2
HORRORS OF HYDROPHOBIA
Awful Sufferings and Death of
a Woman Bitten by a Mad Dog
A letter from Danville, Va., says Mrs. Emele B. McLane died of hydrophobia, at her country residence, about four miles from here, on Wednesday night. She was about thirty yean old and was an accomplished woman, her musical talents especially having been much admired. Two months ago the unfortunate lady was bitten by a dog, but remained ignorant of the fact that the dog was mad at the time. No symptom of hydrophobia appeared until Tuesday morning at four o'clock, when she was taken with convulsions. The family physician when called in ascertained that the convulsions had continued from the time of her attack, four hours previous, with the short intervals of fifteen to twenty minutes between them.
On opening the door the draught of air seemed to throw the patient into a fresh convulsion, in which she barked like a dog. As soon as this convulsion was over she became conscious, recognized the doctor, spoke to him and offered her hand to be shaken. She then entreated him in piteous tones to do something for her relief, telling him she had hydrophobia and must die unless relieved. Her flesh was icy old, with hardly any pulse. She said she felt as if she had a thousand devils in her stomach. All this time she continued foaming at the mouth, with mingled blood and froth, which covered her face and neck.
When the convulsions came on the spasmodic contractions of the glottis would be powerful. Her face and neck grew livid and her eyes would protrude like a person in strangulation. In these convulsions she would have to be held down upon the floor. In the short intervals between the convulsions she would also entreat the doctor not to tie her, promising not to bite or hurt anyone. Having been placed under the influence of anesthetics she remained about three hours quietly sleeping and motionless, except occasionally a spasmodic shudder would pass over her body. She then aroused herself, rose from her bed, went to the parlor organ and played several airs. Then with a pen she wrote. Presently she called to an attendant to bring her some food. She ate it, but her stomach instantly rejected it, and she immediately fell into chronic convulsions, which continued until she died, at ten o'clock that night.