PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A Petal child is recovering in a Jackson hospital after being bit in the face by a snake.
Braxton was bit in the face by a water moccasin on July 26th, around 3 p.m. while swimming in a creek by his home.
"He was air lifted to the Children's hospital in Jackson, MS where he received 8 vials of anti venom injection and was placed into a medical induced coma," said Samantha Waldrop via a Face Book post regarding his condition.
The following is from a FaceBook post from Samantha Waldrop:
A gofundme page that was set up for Braxton, with the following information.
Snake Safety tips from MSDH:
Signs and symptoms of envenomation may include any or all of the following:
- Fang Marks
- Intense Local Pain
- Rapid Swelling
- Oozing of Blood from the Fang Marks
If fang marks are present but there is little or no pain, swelling, or discoloration and the bite is dry, envenomation is probably minimal. Many snakebite victims are discharged from the hospital within 24 hours and recover with no long term effects.
Despite this fact, you should always seek medical evaluation of a snakebite injury. First Aid for Snakebites If victim is not arousable or is not breathing call for an ambulance. For assistance call MRPCC at 1-800- 222-1222.
1. Calm and reassure the victim.
2. If the snake is still in the area do not attempt to kill or catch it unless it poses an immediate danger to you or the victim. Try to remember what the snake looks like so that you can identify it from pictures in the emergency department.
3. Remove all items that may restrict circulation in the affected extremity. Watches, bracelets, rings, gloves or shoes may pose a problem as the area swells.
4. Immobilize the affected area as much as possible. Attempt to keep the bite at or slightly below the level of the heart.
5. Wash area thoroughly but do not rub or scrub as this may promote absorption of the venom.
6. Attempt to keep the victim from moving rapidly about while evacuating to transportation.
7. Take victim to the nearest medical facility as quickly as possible.
Do not give the victim anything to eat or drink, particularly alcohol. Do not place the affected area in ice. Do not make any cuts or apply suction to the area. Do not attempt to give antivenin. Do not administer pain or anti-anxiety medications. Do not apply a tourniquet. Illustration courtesy of Mississippi State Cooperative Extension Service
Venomous Snakes in Mississippi:
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
- Canebrake Rattlesnake
- Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnake
- Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake
- Western Pigmy Rattlesnake
- Eastern Cottonmouth Moccasin
- Western Cottonmouth Moccasin
- Southern Copperhead
- Eastern Coral Snake