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    I got this email from a freind. Its a story with pictures of a kid who got bite by a rattlesnake thought some of you guys might like!


    On July 21, just after my 13th birthday, I was bitten by a Northern Pacific rattlesnake (the snake was originally identified as a Western Diamondback rattlesnake, but that species is not found nearYosemite). I was located on a trail in a hiking area near Yosemite National Park , California . The bite occurred when I was sitting on a small boulder at a distance of 4.5 miles from the trail head with my cabin group at camp.

    I had my arms dangling at my side and a five foot long rattlesnake bit me in the middle of my left palm. From this point, an amazing rescue took place, taking four hours to transport me the 4.5 miles to the trail head.

    The camp director had previously called the hospital and a helicopter was waiting at the trail head. During the 30 minute helicopter ride I was going in and out of consciousness, having trouble keeping my eyes open.

    We arrived at the Modesto hospital, where the doctor in the emergency room decided that my case was too severe to treat at that medical center. He told me this, which was the last thing I heard before going unconscious.

    Although I was unconscious for approximately the next 24 hours, I have heard about the following events from my parents.

    I was taken from the Modesto hospital to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento , the trauma center for Northern California . My snake bite was determined to be too severe for Modesto to deal with. At the UC Davis hospital I underwent a fasciotomy, which involved the doctors cutting open my arm from the palm up to about the middle of my biceps. This was to relieve the extreme pressure that had built up in my arm from the rattlesnake venom, making my arm as hard as a rock until the fasciotomy.

    I spent the next 35 days in the UC Davis hospital, had eight surgeries performed for cleaning out the dead tissue from my arm, and finally had a skin graft from my leg to close up my arm, which had remained open for 30 days after the fasciotomy until the skin graft surgery. That is 10 surgeries in total at UC Davis.

    I was released from the hospital on August 24, had four months of intense physical therapy, and flew to Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina for a follow-up surgery.. This was a vascular flap surgery, during which they took a chunk of skin and muscle from my back, attached its blood vessels to the ones in my arm using microsurgery, and then stitched it to my arm. Although 2 emergency surgeries were required within 24 hours on account of blood loss, the vascular flap was a success, and after six more months of physical therapy, my hand had a significant improvement in mobility from when I left UC Davis and could move each finger only 2-3 millimetres.

    My hand now has fully mobility and is about 80% as strong as it was before, thanks to my Dad and I resuming our rock climbing after a one year break due to the lack of strength in my left hand. I use it for about 90% of the things I used to do with my left hand (I am right handed). 13 surgeries, $700,000 worth of helicopter flights, surgeries, and hospital stays (paid by my insurance of course), and 20 months later, I am very happy with the outcome of this experience and my good fortune of getting through all this without any significant loss.

    picture fter the first few days




    after a few surgerys


    getting ready for a skin graft


    finished results



    -hope you guys liked and didnt get to grossed out!! dont ever get bite by a rattlesnake slated on a trail somewhere

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    Re: (Warn)rattlesnake bite(very graphic)

    All i can say is WOW. I am in awwww. Thanks for the post Jenn!
    Ernest



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    • #3
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      "It is not my responsibility to live up to other people's perceptions of who I am. I am only responsible for living up to the standards I set for myself, to be the person I want to be."

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      • #4
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        WOW.... note to self... when on a trail act like a human and not a prey item.... (dangling limbs) no i wonder whyhe got bit... is itbecause the snake thought his arm was food and didnt think it was attached to the larger body? hmmm...

        Mel

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        • #5
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          Thanks for the post. Very informative.
          "An increase in reptile education can lead to a decrease in reptile discrimination." - Bebo

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          • #6
            Re: (Warn)rattlesnake bite(very graphic)

            That's a good reminder to everyone that you just have to be aware of your surroundings. I used to hike a decent amount when I was younger and just tried to avoid sitting on rocks for that reason because there are too many hiding spots. That's really amazing how well that bite turned out though. Great surgeons!

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            • #7
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              That would so suck! I can't even imagine that!

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              • #8
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                thats nasty ive seen that pic before............... and thats why i deal with boas they are non venomous lol

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                • #9
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                  all i have to say is wow ........ thanks for sharing though it is quite informative....

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                  • #10
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                    That is nuts... Very intense pictures. That is one expensive 13 year old. thanks for this post.

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                    • #11
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                      Wow! I have seen pictures like that before and they are always very shocking. I cannot even begin to fathom why someone would keep hot snakes. I personally do not think it worth the risk. Your hiking trip was unfortunate but your arm turned out quite well all things considered. I'm very glad to see you pulled through.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Snake Plissken View Post
                        Wow! I have seen pictures like that before and they are always very shocking. I cannot even begin to fathom why someone would keep hot snakes. I personally do not think it worth the risk. Your hiking trip was unfortunate but your arm turned out quite well all things considered. I'm very glad to see you pulled through.

                        Oh no, Its wasnt me or anyone on is forum a freind emailed it to me and I thought you guys would like it!!

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                        • #13
                          Re: (Warn)rattlesnake bite(very graphic)

                          Wow, those pic's are crazzy!! That poor kid, I'm glad he's ok now!



                          Paul

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                          • #14
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                            Great thread. I wonder if this would put off any would be hot keepers.

                            K.

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                            • #15
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                              You know, as I was reading the post, in NO WAY did it prepare me for the pics I was about to see.... ****. As a Medicine freak, (love it with a passion) I have to say the doctors did an amazing job - after that bite, anyone would be fortunate to even have an arm !

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