Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Man bitten by decapitated rattlesnake, almost dies

Man bitten by decapitated rattlesnake, almost dies

A Southeast Texas man received over two dozen doses of antivenom after a beheaded rattlesnake bit him near Corpus Christi, KIII-TV reported. She said her husband quickly took his shovel and severed the snake's head, but moments later, when he bent down to dispose of the snake, the snake's head bit him. "He had to rip it off".

Doctors say if you are bitten by a snake, do not bring it to the emergency room.

Sutcliffe called 911 and began driving her husband towards the hospital. A snake bite victim is usually administered two to four doses of the expensive antidote but Sutcliffe's husband was given a whopping 26 doses, she said.

The best way to deal with a rattlesnake is to get away from it. Rattlers only bite when threatened, so if you see one nearby but don't threaten it, you're likely to be safe-it should mosey along and you can safely go about your day.

But what the Sutcliffes didn't know is that snakes can still bite and inject venom for at least an hour, if not more, after being decapitated.

Jennifer, who is a nurse, immediately got Jeremy into the auto and dialed 911 to figure out which of the local hospitals had antivenin.

While Jennifer said she was scared too, she tried to stay positive.

After the snake released its venom, he experienced loss of vision, in addition to the bleeding and seizures, and had to be flown to hospital by helicopter.

Dying from a snake bite is rare, Michael Halpert, a trauma surgeon in Corpus Christi, told KIII.

The man was reportedly working in the garden when he spotted the venomous snake and severed its head with a shovel.

"They get real snappy in the throes of death", Bush said.

"The head actually turned around and grabbed onto his hand".

However, he's not out of the woods yet: three weeks after being bitten, he remains hospitalized in stable condition, but his kidney function is still weak.

Texas is known to have various species of rattlesnakes, six to be precise.

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