A Texan required 26 doses of anti-venom after he was bitten by the severed head of a rattlesnake he had killed.
Jennifer Sutcliffe told local station KIII-TV that her husband was working in the garden on May 27 when he saw the four-foot rattlesnake and decapitated it.
However, when he picked up the remains to dispose of them, the head of the snake bit him, provoking immediate seizures. Trauma surgeon Michael Halpert said although dying from a snake bite is rare, it happens.
He was transported to a hospital via HALO-Flight helicopter in time to save his life, and he's now in stable condition and recovering.
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An air ambulance met the couple and flew Sutcliffe's husband the rest of the way to the hospital.
She said the first 24 hours were the worst.
"I reached down to pull out a little area of grass that was growing around one of my flowers, and I nearly grabbed the snake", she told The Washington Post.
The doctors gave him the needed 26 doses of antivenom, whereas a normal patient gets two to four doses. She got him into the auto and called 911 to find the nearest hospital to Lake Corpus Christi in Southern Texas that had anti-venom medication on hand.
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And by the way, you may think that you should treat a snakebite victim by sucking out the venom: don't do that, says Dr. Halpert.
He is now in a stable condition.
There seems to be some dispute about exactly how long a beheaded snake can remain active. Last month, a selfless grandfather was praised as a hero after saving his granddaughter from an eastern brown snake bite. Reportedly, snakes can still bite after an hour of getting beheaded as they have slower metabolisms.
It should go without saying, he said, but no one should be trying to pick up a rattlesnake, dead or alive.
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