A teenage girl has been released from the hospital after surviving being bitten by snakes 6 times.
On October 27, 16-year-old Vera Oliphant or El Cajon, was visiting her uncle in Jamul, California when she climbed up a hill trying to get cell phone reception to call her mother.
According to the girl, as she was climbing she stepped into a pile of weeds and twigs. That pile then began to rattle, causing her to look down. She quickly realized the rattling was coming from a number of snakes.
The bunch, one adult and five baby rattlesnakes snakes, then began biting her lower leg and foot. Before she lost consciousness, Oliphant was able to stumble back down the hill towards her uncle’s home.
Her uncle drove her to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa where she would go into anaphylactic shock twice and lose consciousness four times.
The bites would/could have caused sharp pain, numbness, impaired vision, and loss of consciousness.
In the end, the high school junior was given 24 bottles of antivenin (antivenom) and was in intensive care.
Oliphant was able to return home on October 30.
Doctors say snakes bites usually are not fatal, though some can die if not treated in time.
‘The doctors told me that I need two to three months to completely recover from the bites,’ she told ABC News. ‘But I will feel a weird sensation when stepping on my right leg for years.’
She is currently using a walker to help her get around, but planned to return to school November 12.