Texas man severs rattlesnake, still gets bitten by head

WABCA Texas man is recovering after he was bitten by a rattlesnake that he had just decapitated

WABCA Texas man is recovering after he was bitten by a rattlesnake that he had just decapitated

According to KIII-TV, Jennifer Sutcliffe and her husband were doing yard work late last month when she spotted a rattlesnake in their yard. "He had to rip it off".

A snake's bite reflex can be triggered up to several hours after it has died.

She said hospital officials told her he might not survive, even though he received 26 doses of antivenom. The average number for snake bite is four doses, Mrs Sutcliffe said.

As he bent down to pick the dead reptile, he was attacked by the snake's severed head.

The man, who was not named, began having seizures, experienced internal bleeding and lost his vision.

He is now in stable condition, but his kidney function is still weak.

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If you thought cutting the head off a venomous snake made them safe to handle, think again.

Leslie Boyer, antivenom doctor and Founding Director of the University of Arizona VIPER Institute, told Gizmodo that people should not assume that severing the head of a snake renders them harmless.

Trauma surgeon michael Halpert said that neither sucking the venom out yourself nor using a home remedy will help deal with the bite.

He beheaded it with a shovel, but he soon found out how unsafe a dead snake can be.

Sutcliffe's husband remained in stable condition after receiving doses of antivenin, but continued to have impaired kidney function as a result of the incident.

He also encouraged people never to suck out the venom as characters in TV shows and movies often do. "You just want to keep the victim calm, keep the bitten area above the level of the heart slightly, and get the patient to the nearest emergency room".

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