Michael Cook got a call from his daughter’s day care center informing him that his two-year-old, Kiley, was bitten by a copperhead snake.
Kiley’s finger, hand, and arm swelled up and turned black— and she had to be sedated.
“It was a scary moment,” Kiley’s mother, Nataly Horn told WFAA. “My heart stopped.” Kiley was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital— a center that has treated between seventeen and twenty-five pediatric snake bites per year…. And we’re guessing that there is no scarier phrase to parents than “pediatric snake bite.”
Luckily, Kiley will be making a full recovery.
…But her parents have yet to recover. “We’re scared to even let her go outside right now,” Horn said. We don’t blame her; snakes on a playground will do that to you.
And here’s what you need to know about snake bites (since you’re obviously terrified now):
About 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes each year— five of those bites prove to be fatal. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you’re bitten by a snake, do not consume caffeine or alcohol (even though the situation merits it) because this will speed up your metabolism such that you’ll absorb the venom faster.
…Now enjoy frolicking outside.