US teen survives six rattlesnake bites

Washington, Nov 10: A teenager from El Cajon, California, lived to tell the tale, despite being bitten by six rattlesnake bites.

It took 24 doses of anti-venom, four days of hospital intensive care, and two weeks at home for 16-year-old Vera Oliphant to recover.

Oliphant was visiting her uncle in Jamul in San Diego County on October 27, when she went up a hill from his house to try to get a cellphone signal to contact her mother.

“I thought I heard rattles behind me so I ran away,” ABC News quoted her as saying.

“But then I stepped into the snake nest under a pile of leaves. First the mother snake bit my right foot… the baby snakes bit me after that,” she said.

She tried to call 911, “but I didn’t have any phone signal. So I had to run down the hill back to my uncle’s house,” she said.

She said that her eyesight and her consciousness were fading after the incident and she cannot recall how she reached the house.

“I was feeling numb and paralyzed. I had black vision and I saw bubbles. It felt like needles were stabbing me… it burned so hard and it felt like a bomb just exploded in me. It’s really hard to describe.

“I struggled to get my key out, and I was too weak to ring the bell. I desperately tapped at the window and cried, ‘Help me,’ and that’s when my uncle took me to a hospital 15 miles away,” she told the news channel.

On the way to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, she was somehow able to put a post update on her Facebook page, “i got bit by a rattle snake and now i,m about to go to l.C.U .. it hurts like a ___ and my leg is paralyzed ._.”

Soon after, Oliphant went into anaphylactic shock twice and lost consciousness four times. She arrived at the hospital in the nick of time.

“The doctors told me that I need two to three months to completely recover from the bites.

“But I will feel a weird sensation when stepping on my left leg for years,” she said.

Dr. Donna Seger, Executive Director of Tennessee Poison Center and an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said that “the majority of people suffering from snake bites survive them if they’re treated on time.”

“Sometimes it’s hard to tell how bad the bites are because 25 percent of them are dry and sometimes the snakes miss the main vein,” she said. (ANI)