A man from Corpus Christi, Texas is recovering after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in May 2018 - after he decapitated the creature with a shovel.
Jennifer Sutcliffe and her husband, locals living in South Texas were doing yard work when they saw a four-foot-long rattlesnake near their house. When he bent down to throw away the body, the snake's head bit him.
The man was rushed to hospital and treated with several doses of anti-venom CroFab. But after driving for two miles, she said her husband began to lose consciousness, lost his vision and started to have mini seizures. She couldn't get to the hospital quickly enough, so she met up with an ambulance.
"Some people are saying we deserve it, it's karma", Ms Sutcliffe said. Doctors told Sutcliffe her husband might not make it, even after giving him vast amounts of anti-venom.
Jennifer said her husband needed 26 doses of antivenom, whereas a normal patient gets two to four.
Despite his wife being told he may not survive, the snake bite victim is on the mend and is in a stable condition, NewsWest9.com reports.
The bite came just a week after a kayaker in SC was hospitalized after a rattlesnake attacked him after falling from a tree.
Just like anyone else, Sutcliffe's husband tried to kill the snake.
"No, you don't want to do any of that", he explained. And when he went to pick up the severed head, it sank its fangs into his flesh and released a near deadly dose of venom.
Alerted by his wife's panic, Jeremy came over with a shovel and decapitated the snake, a move that for many other animals would have meant swift death. Live Science reports that for venomous snakes like cobras and rattlesnakes, biting is one of the reflexes that can be triggered in the brain even hours after the reptile dies.