Texas man bitten after severing rattlesnake’s head

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A Corpus Christi man is recovering after being bitten by a rattlesnake, despite the snake's head already being cut off.

To prepare for the day's festivities, Jennifer told The Washington Post that she and her husband chose to tidy up the yard of their home near Lake Corpus Christi in southern Texas. Then, a few moments later, he bent down to get rid of it-only for the snake's head to bite him.

Sutcliffe called 911 and began driving her husband towards the hospital.

Sutcliffe met up with an ambulance and her husband was ultimately air-lifted to a hospital.

The doctors gave him the needed 26 doses of antivenom, whereas a normal patient gets two to four doses.

More than a week later, the man is in stable condition, but still showing signs of weakened kidney function due to the shocking bite.

Victims should avoid washing the wound, as the venom can help medical staff to identify the type of snake to ensure the correct anti-venom is administered.

The key to surviving a snakebite, says Halpert, is to get medical help immediately if not sooner; nearly all victims of fatal snakebites in recent years died, at least in part, because they either refused medical treatment or didn't get it soon enough. Doctors told her husband might not make it, even after giving him vast amounts of antivenom. The venom from the severed snake's head was more than most people tend to get in one bite, though-by a lot. And though there are about 7-8,000 snake bites from venomous snakes in the US each year, only about 10-12 of them, on average, result in fatalities, says trauma surgeon Michael Halpert.

If you're bitten by a rattlesnake, don't attempt to suck out the venom. "He was saying stuff like 'if I die I love you, '" she said.