California Teen Looking for Cell Phone Signal Steps into Rattlesnake Nest, Bitten 6 Times

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A 16-year-old girl was bitten at least six times by rattlesnakes after climbing up a hill in Jamul, California, in search of cell phone reception, according to the LA Times.

Vera Oliphant, the teenage victim, stepped right into a rattlesnake's nest on her way back to her uncle's house. "On a scale from 1 to 10, the pain was 45."

Quickly after she stepped into the nest, she got bit and her entire body began to swell. She was able to make it back somewhat safely to her uncle, who then took her to the emergency room at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

Oliphant spent four days in intensive care. Doctors said she was lucky to have survived the rattlesnake attack.

"If you get bitten by a snake, the first thing to remember, is that you have more time than you think you do," said Dr. Jordan Cohen of Sharp Grossmont. Cohen advised any snakebite victims to rush to the hospital as soon as they can and to try and stay immobile.

It will take several more weeks for Oliphant to fully recover. She has vowed to never again go back to the desert alone.


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That's what she got as a lesson?!?!? "She has vowed to never again go back to the desert alone." BE AWARE! STOP FIDGETING WITH YOUR PHONE!!!!!!!!

November 15 2012 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another reason NOT to text and walk.

November 14 2012 at 7:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


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