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5-Year-Old Texas Girl Bit By Rattlesnake Receives 30 Doses of Anti-Venom

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KXAN reports that on Saturday, 5-year-old Emily Rose Oehler and her family went to Longhorn Cavern State Park in Burnet County to enjoy a bit of outdoor fun after the cold snap. While Emily was playing in the picnic area, she was bitten by a western diamondback rattlesnake, an extremely odd sight this time of year since these snakes are usually hibernating. She was rushed to the hospital where she was flown to Dell Children’s Medical Center to receive the proper treatment of anti-venom.

WFAA explains that after Emily received several doses of the anti-venom, it was evident that her body was fighting it, and the rattlesnake venom was moving up her leg. On the 21st, it was reported that Emily was on her 16th dose of the anti-venom, and the next day, she was already up to 30 doses. Thankfully, the treatment is now working, but anxiety is still high since Emily’s family doesn’t have insurance and the treatment for a rattlesnake bite is very expensive.

“They have her on a drip line right now of a continuous amount,” her mom told WFAA. “We’re stressing about it, but right now the focus is on Emily. Today she’s finally happy and alert. She’s strong. She’s hanging in there”

A GoFundMe account has been set-up for her here.