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rocks to grab the soap when he was bitten by a copperhead.
"When I heard that it broke my heart that someone would dismiss a copperhead bite so quickly," Green said.
Warmer weather is here and so is snake season. According to the University of Florida, the Sunshine State is home to 46 species of native snakes, with six of them being venomous. So, would you know what to do or where to turn if your child is bitten?
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"When I pulled my hand up I really didn't notice it was still on my hand, but I slung it a couple of feet from the shower," Dillon Prada Wallet Card said.
Families are encouraged to make a plan and know where you can get treated quickly and effectively.
As Dillon's hand continued to swell, his family called Texas Children's Hospital, which has the only board certified medical toxicologist in Houston, Dr. Spencer Green.
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He explained that the anti venom available now for pit vipers is the safest and most effective to date.
Fortunately for Dillon, his bite is hardly even visible now.
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"When someone says. 'Well, we could probably discharge you in a couple of hours and you might manage that with some over the counter pain medication,' watching it you just knew instantly, 'I just need a second opinion,'" Daskevich said.
Green said while the number of deaths from venomous snake bites is very low, without treatment, the damage can be devastating.
not know on the phone but was able to direct me to the closest hospital and they said they did, so that's where we went."
But when they got to the county hospital, doctors were reluctant to give Dillon anti venom because of his age.
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"I think one of the scariest moments is speeding down the highway at night and the thoughts that go through a young child's head, he actually asked, 'Am I going to die?'" said Cris Daskevich, mother of Dillon, a 6 year old boy who was bitten.
"Time is tissue. We know that the anti venom is most effective in the first six hours," Green said.
"There's the potential for tissue loss and permanent disfigurement or disability, so I think it's important to get seen right away by someone who manages snakes bites so he or she can determine what kind of treatment is necessary," Green said.
"I called 911, immediately asked which direction we were going to which hospital based on the question, who has anti venom?" said Daskevich. "And 911 did Burberry Phone Case For Iphone 5
It was kind of scary but I knew that my mom wouldn't let me die," Dillon said.
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