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Posted by W von Papinešu on September 11, 2002 at 18:48:38:
ARIZONA DAILY STAR (Tucson) 10 September 02 Rattlesnake bites boy, 2 (Arek Sarkissian II)
A 2-year-old boy was bitten by a rattlesnake Monday night while playing in the back yard of his Foothills home.
The boy, whose name was not released, was being treated at Tucson Medical Center late Monday.
Rural/Metro paramedics responded at about 6:45 p.m. to the house, in the 3500 block of North Bear Canyon Road.
He had been playing with his father, said George Good, district chief for Rural/Metro.
The bite, on the boy's right foot, caused swelling and bleeding. The father estimated the snake was about 2 feet long, Good said.
The boy was taken by ambulance to TMC. It was not known if he was undergoing antivenin treatment.
It was the fourth snakebite Rural/Metro has handled this year, Good said.
In April, Emma Murphy, 4, was bitten on the foot by a large rattlesnake when she tried to rest on a rock while walking in Sabino Canyon.
Snake season in Arizona generally runs from April through October.
TUCSON CITIZEN (Arizona) 10 September 02 Boy bit by rattler still in hospital (David L. Teibel)
A 2-year-old boy remains hospitalized today after he was bitten on the foot by a rattle snake in the back yard of his Foothills home, a Rural/Metro Fire Department spokesman said.
Information on the boy's medical condition was not available and his name was not released.
The boy was playing with his father at the home on North Bear Canyon Road, when he was struck by the snake about 6:40 p.m. yesterday on the back of his right foot, said George Good from Rural/Metro.
The boy's father called 911 and when medics arrived they noted the boy's foot had begun to swell and it was bleeding, Good said.
The boy was taken to Tucson Medical Center. Michael Letson, a TMC spokesman, would not discuss the boy's condition or confirm he was at TMC. Patients at the hospital, or their parents if they are minors, occasionally ask that no information be provided on injured or sick people at the hospital, a request all area hospitals honor.
By later yesterday yesterday evening swelling had advanced to the boy's knee, Good said.
The snake, which was caught, was 2-feet long, he added.
Yesterday's snakebite is the fourth Rural Metro medics have gone to this year in southern Arizona.
On April 16, 4-year-old Emma Murphy was bitten on the ankle while on a morning outing with her mother in Sabino Canyon. She recovered.
Later that morning a Northwest Side man was bitten by a rattler at his home near North Oracle and West Magee roads. The man refused medical treatment.
On Aug. 18, a Sierra Vista man died after he was bitten on the finger by a juvenile rattle snake.