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Woman recovering after being bitten by rattlesnake on walk

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OCEANSIDE (CBS 8) - Brooke O'Neill says she didn't see the rattlesnake, but she sure felt its bite, and what happened next.

"I felt tingling and numbness in my fingers and my hands, then the leg and then it traveled to my face and within minutes I was paralyzed from the neck down. I couldn't feel anything," she said.

Brooke and her husband Brian were pushing their daughter in a stroller on Shadow Tree Drive near Morning View in Oceanside. They think the stroller ran over the snake, causing it to strike. Brooke has three puncture marks around her ankle. Better her than her daughter.

"If she was older and her legs were dangling down then… I don't even want to think about that," Brooke said.

Brooke was rushed to Tri-City Medical Center, where a nurse marked her leg to track swelling. After 30 vials of anti-venom, it seemed like the swelling was getting better.

"But then a few nights ago it started moving upward and so there's a mark up here and this line was where the infection was starting," Brooke said of her leg.

Brooke is a lot better now, but the high school teacher has learned a painful lesson -- no more walking around her neighborhood after dark without keeping a watchful eye out for snakes.

As for the snake that did this, well, it won't be doing that again.

"One of the neighbors killed it with a shovel," Brooke said.

After the snake bit Brooke, her husband tried to save her, by sucking out the venom.

"If anything, it can cause more infection," Dr. Dorothy Brown said.

Brown says what you want to do is remain calm and get to a hospital immediately.

"The main thing is to come to an emergency room to get evaluated... About one-fourth of the bites are dry wounds, where no venom was injected," Brown explained.

Doctors tell Brooke she'll probably be released Thursday. They want to keep her a couple more nights to check for internal bleeding and infection.

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