SNAKE BITE ON THE ALLEY

July 17, 2009

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(Weston) – Broward Sheriff Firefighter/Paramedics arrive at Cleveland Clinic Hospital Thursday night with a 47-year-old man who was bitten by an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake in Collier County while returning from Immokalee with his wife. As the couple drove from Highway 29 to I-75, they saw a snake in the roadway that looked like it had been run over. They stopped and the husband got out to remove the snake when it bit him on the right hand. The couple drove east on I-75 and called 9-1-1. They stopped at a gas station at the 49 mile marker and were met by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue’s Regional Everglades units, who began advanced life support treatment to stabilize the patient, who was conscious and talking upon arrival at the hospital. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom One unit responded to the hospital and assisted in treating the patient.

Photo by Mike Jachles / Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

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