Bear Grylls' Producer Bitten by 'One of the Deadliest Snakes in the World'

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Steve Rankin has worked with Bear Grylls as a producer for "Man vs. Wild" since 2008, but it wasn't until a recent trip to Costa Rica that he was attacked by one of the deadly creatures so often encountered on the show.

During the visit to Costa Rica, while Rankin was scouting locations for an upcoming Discovery show called "Naked and Afraid," one of the world's deadliest snakes attacked his foot. "As I was traversing through some deep jungle, I was bitten on the foot by a Fer-de-Lance. It was under a fallen tree as I climbed over. Fer-de-Lance [are] known to be aggressive and it just zapped me in the foot through my boot."

After the attack, Rankin was put on makeshift stretchers and airlifted to a hospital in San Jose. He was treated with antibiotics, but his wound was highly infected and continued to fester.

Five days later, Rankin's foot had begun to rot. Luckily, doctors were able to save the foot - and Rankin's life - with skin grafts.

"Skin graft came from my thigh so half of my quad is on my foot the other half is on my leg!" Rankin wrote on Twitter.

Rankin says he is "getting better slowly but surely."


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