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7-year-old snake bite survivor

by on May 4, 2013

NBC Latino

After leaving the hospital in a wheelchair Thursday evening, second-grader Clarissa Vega is back home.

She was bitten by a snake on her foot in her Miramar backyard the day before. The 7-year-old was opening up a storage bench when it happened.

“When I opened it, the water moccasin snake was under the couch, and it was on my toes, and it bit me,” Vega said. “It was like, if something clawed 1,000 sharp teeth and it stayed in there. It was very, very hurtful.”

“She said, ‘Mom, a snake bit me’ and it took me by surprise,” Vega’s mother Carmen Alvarez said. “I thought she was joking. Till she said, ‘look at my foot.’ She was bleeding.”

Carmen Alvarez rushed her daughter to the hospital. She spent the night at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where she received four treatments of anti-venom with friends and family nearby.

Her foot was…

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