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Teen survives bites from 6 rattlesnakes

Nov. 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

EL CAJON, Calif., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A California teenager who was bitten by six rattlesnakes in Jamul is expected to make a full recovery, doctors say.

Vera Oliphant, an 11th grader as Chaparral High School, was visiting her uncle on Oct. 2 when she climbed a hill trying to find cell phone reception, KGTV, San Diego, reported.

"I felt the tip of my foot roll off something and I looked down and six rattlesnakes were latched onto my foot," Oliphant said Friday.

It was a mother rattlesnake and five babies.

"The pain: On a scale of one to ten it was like a 45," she said. "It felt like it was on fire and like I had a bunch of tiny needles going into me."

Her uncle rushed her to the hospital, where she collapsed.

"It took 24 vials of anti-venom to neutralize all the poison that went in me," she said.

Doctors told Oliphant to expect numbness for a while, but that she would recover and will be able to return to school this week.

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