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Teen steps into rattle snake nest, survives

By Reuters | Nov 12, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 26 ]

She was bitten 6 times but doctors saved her with anti-venom

A teenage California girl searching for a cell phone signal to call her mother in a rural area outside San Diego inadvertently stepped into a nest of rattlesnakes and was bitten six times, but survived.

The 16-year-old, Vera Oliphant, spent four days in the intensive care unit of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and doctors gave her 24 vials of anti-venom after she was bitten by an adult rattlesnake and five young rattlers outside her uncle's home.

"I was trying to find a signal to call my mom and text my boyfriend," Oliphant said, after she was released from the hospital following the October 27 incident.

"I didn't see them until I already stepped on their nest and I felt them biting me."

"My vision started to go right away. First it looked like the snakes blended into the leaves and then I started seeing black spots around the edges and I started blacking out."

She returned to her uncle's home in Jamul, outside San Diego, and he immediately packed her into the car and rushed her to the emergency room, she said.

On the way, she talked to her mom and her boyfriend, who told her to stay calm so the venom wouldn't spread.

"I told my mom and my boyfriend I love them in case I don't get to see them again," she said.

Doctors there administered 24 vials of anti-venom to quash the dangerous toxins, according to a hospital spokesman. Snakebites usually aren't fatal, although a handful of people die in the United States each year from snake bites, including bites from rattlesnakes.

Oliphant has recovered and will be returning to classes at Chaparral High School in El Cajon on Monday [today].

She said the next time she can't get a signal, she will handle it differently.

"Be careful where you step," she said. "If you don't need to, just wait until you are somewhere that you can call people."

COMMENTS [ 26 ]

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OMG,i am scared of snakes..

Nov 12, 2012 11:9 | 0 replies

Eish, if it was here in Mzansi, a niggga e ka be e sule as we speak. Give those doctors few bottles of bells.

Nov 12, 2012 12:39 | 0 replies

guys remember in America you an adult at 18 so i'm not surprised when talks about boyfriend

Nov 12, 2012 12:48 | 0 replies

I feel sory for Doris wa batho her name is been used here like this yah neh

Nov 12, 2012 12:56 | 0 replies

I love snakes

Nov 12, 2012 1:8 | 0 replies

@bingo.even in phalaborwa

Nov 12, 2012 1:41 | 0 replies

i love the 2 headed snake, NO poison, never heard it bit anyone. I love killing them and my friend killed a cobra with only one stone

Nov 12, 2012 2:19 | 0 replies

Bingo-lngo - hel yeah sure case brother cundt agree more

Nov 12, 2012 2:41 | 0 replies

@ Niceboobs

Ka nnete? How about bringing a Cobra in a cage at ur place?

Nov 12, 2012 3:18 | 0 replies

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@MophemeKoPitori
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Nov 12, 2012 3:21 | 0 replies

Boy friends, at this age may she started relationships at the age of ten lo.

Nov 12, 2012 4:19 | 0 replies