A Georgia mom is warning other parents this week about the importance of educating kids on the dangers of wild snakes after her 5-year-old daughter was bitten three times by a timber rattlesnake.
Cyndi Spell says her daughter Maisy was playing in the backyard at her dad’s house on Friday, June 18th, when she noticed her cat had a snake cornered. When Maisy approached her cat, the snake–which turned out to be a venomous rattle snake–bit her three times on the leg.
Maisy’s father called an ambulance, and on the way to the hospital, the 5-year-old went into anaphylactic shock. Doctors still don’t know if it was due to an allergic reaction to the rattlesnake venom, or the high dose of venom in her system after being bitten three times.
According to GoFundMe, when they arrived at South Georgia Medical Center, Maisy was life-flighted to Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, where she was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit.
Over the weekend, Maisy received 41 vials of anti-venom, and was treated with antibiotics, steroids and fluids. On Tuesday, she was moved from the PICU to general recovery on the pediatrics floor.