A killer snake has attacked a soldier from the Royal Irish Regiment, on a training exercise in Kenya. Ulsterman Paul Flynn 24, from 2nd Battalion R IRISH, but serving with the 1st Battalion, survived after being bitten on the arm by a normally-deadly Black Mamba. He received immediate anti-venom treatment from a battalion medic in situ and further treatment after he was rushed by field ambulance and helicopter over 300 miles to hospital in Nairobi. On the way, the Enniskillen man suffered convulsions and lost consciousness. But, against the odds, he pulled through. Doctors believe his fitness and training may have helped save his life as this strengthened his heart and organs. He learned that three previous snake-bite patients at the hospital had died. The Black Mamba is the fastest moving snakes. It is also one of the world's most venomous. Its neurotoxins paralyse respiratory ability, which is life-threatening. An Army spokesman confirmed that Paul Flynn is a Territorial Army soldier who signed a year ago to serve with a regular battalion. He said the progressive army training would have built on his natural fitness. "In the heat of the Kenyan sun, the heart works harder and the lungs become stronger," he said. "He has been mobilised for Afghanistan next year. He is a volunteer and is keen to go. We fully expect him to make a 100 per cent recovery and to be fully capable of full service as well. "He was on sentry duty when he was bitten and within minutes of it happening he was treated by doctors. The fast response in notifying medics and them being able to treat him probably saved his life," he said. "It was the initial anti-venom from the army doctor was crucial." It is quite rare for a soldier to be bitten by a snake, he said. "The military overseas have a lower bite rate than indigenous populations, partly because we are moving around and making a lot of noise," he said. Army doctors are specifically trained to deal with such incidents, he said. The Fermanagh soldier is currently convalescing.