Man bitten by severed rattlesnake head almost died in Texas

WABCA Texas man is recovering after he was bitten by a rattlesnake that he had just decapitated

But there's a downside to severing the head of a rattlesnake, which one fella in Corpus Christi learned the hard way recently: Just because a rattler's head is severed doesn't mean it can't still bite you.

Jennifer Sutcliffe and her husband were doing weekend yard work when she spotted a 4-foot rattlesnake. Then, a few moments later, he bent down to get rid of it-only for the snake's head to bite him.

The excessive venom almost proved fatal for Milo, who had seizures, lost his vision and began to bleed internally on his trip to the hospital.

Soon afterward, Sutcliffe's husband couldn't see and started to have seizures, she said.

Jennifer said her husband needed 26 doses of antivenom, whereas a normal patient gets two to four. He had been treated with 26 doses of antivenin.

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An air ambulance was requisitioned and the man was airlifted to the hospital.

He is now in stable condition, but his kidney function is still poor.

Snake heads have the capability of biting and injecting venom because some reflexive motion still remains even after they've been separated from the body, according to National Geographic.

Although being attacked by a severed snake head seems unusual, Sean Bush, a snake expert at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University told NBC News in 2014 that it's "very common" for snake heads to still bite because it's "a last-ditch effort to survive".

There, doctors warned Sutcliffe her husband could die as a result of the massive dose of venom the snake poisoned him with, and used enormous quantities of antivenom to stabilize him.

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In the movies, people try to suck out the venom themselves or some other home remedy.

"They HALO-Flighted him into the hospital", Sutcliffe said.

South Texas' KIII-TV reported the victim's wife said that the snake discharged "all its venom".

"There is about 6,000 to 8,000 snakes bites per year in the country and 10 or 12 people die", said Halpert.

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