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OCEANSIDE (CBS) — An Orange County mother is in the hospital dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of being bitten, repeatedly, by a rattlesnake.
Brooke O’Neill, a teacher by trade, was pushing her baby stroller when the large snake attacked.
O’Neill said she didn’t see the snake but she surely felt it after it bit her … again and again. “I felt tingling and numbness in my fingers and my hands, then my leg, then it traveled up to my face,” she told reporters from her hospital bed.
After the searing pain, O’Neill said her body went numb. “Within minutes I was paralyzed from the neck down. I couldn’t feel anything.”
Quick-thinking neighbors called for help (another took care of the snake with a shovel) and O’Neill was rushed to the hospital.
Once there, she was injected with more than 30 vials of anti-venom.
O’Neill says she is feeling a lot better now.