Nearly de-funded fire rescue unit saves 2 snake-bite victims in 1 week
His left hand swollen, the bite victim was admitted into the ICU, where he will need to take antivenin doses
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — For doing a good deed, a Hollywood man almost lost his life Tuesday — to a highly venomous eastern diamondback rattlesnake.
The 24-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, and a friend were driving on Interstate 75 in west Broward County when they saw a turtle crossing the highway.
At a point west of the interchange, where I-75 meets Interstate 595, they pulled over. The man got out, grabbed the turtle and carried it to a grassy area on the side of the highway. "When he reached down to put the turtle in the grass, that's when the snake bit him," said Capt. Jeff Fobb, of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Venom Response Team. It was the second rattlesnake bite in as many weeks, as an Everglades National Park ranger was bitten and hospitalized on Sept. 28.
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