Severed head of Rattlesnake bites man leaving him in critical state
A man in Texas needed 26 doses of anti-venom after being bitten by the severed head of a four-foot rattlesnake.
Jennifer Sutcliffe, from Corpus Christi, told reporters that her husband had been clearing the yard on Memorial Day weekend when he saw and decapitated a rattlesnake, cutting the head clean off.
But as the man, whose name was not given, picked up the snake to get rid of it, the head bit him and released an almost fatal amount of venom into him
Since there is no body, it released all its venom it had in its fangs already,” Sutcliffe told the reporters, explaining she had driven her husband to hospital following the bite.
They HALO-Flighted him into the hospital,” Sutcliffe said, explaining she could not get to the emergency room quickly enough so met with an ambulance en-route. “A normal person who is going to get bit is going to get two to four doses of antivenom. He had to have 26 doses
While the man’s injuries were life threatening, he is in a stable condition following treatment, despite doctors warning Sutcliffe initially that he may not pull through.
The bite came just a week after a kayaker in South Carolina was hospitalized after a rattlesnake attacked him after falling from a tree.
The 28-year-old man, from Anderson, was kayaking along the Edisto River when the snake struck, biting him a number of times and leaving him in need of urgent medical treatment,