29-year old Australian Chloe McCardel has been readmitted to a hospital to continue deal with the effects of jelly-fish stings suffered during her record-breaking 128 kilometer swim across the Bahamas earlier this week.
McCardel received 15 jellyfish times during the 42.5-hour continuous swim. A recent explosion of jellyfish populations worldwide has become a bigger-and-bigger impediment to swims like McCardel’s; Diana Nyad, in her swim from Cuba to Florida, wore a special mask to protect her face from jellyfish. McCardel, however, swam in just a standard suit, and so was exposed.
According to a post on her Facebook page on Friday evening, signed by her husband Paul, some of those stings became sunburned on the second day of the swim and have gotten infected. McCardel is expected to be hospitalized for 3-4 nights.
A quick update- Paul here on Chloe’s behalf. She has been readmitted to Hospital today- and is expected to be in there for 3-4 nights. Chloe got stung close to 15 times on night 1 of the swim and a large number of those stings got sunburn on day 2. Despite treatment post swim a number of these stings have become infected and are weeping. Chloe is in a lot of pain but still on a very positive mental high from the swim and everyone’s amazing support