Logan County, WV woman in intensive care following two snake bites

A young woman is in intensive care after suffering two snake bites nearly three weeks ago.

Tara Williams, 21, of Logan, was hunting in Ritchie County, W.Va., when she stepped on a copperhead.

A family friend tells our sister station WSAZ the snake wrapped around her leg. When she tried to remove it, the snake bit her not once, but twice.

Williams was driven to a hospital in Parkersburg and then rushed by ambulance to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Family members say Williams has undergone several surgeries and had to have her leg opened to relieve the swelling and pressure.

Williams was put on a ventilator Tuesday night and remains in intensive care.

The city of Logan is accepting donations for the family and for Williams' medical expenses.

Meagan Sellards, who is also from Logan, now has something else in common with Williams.

"It felt like getting pinched, but within seconds it was this uncontrollable burning feeling. I could feel it going up my leg," Sellards says.

Sellards also was bitten by a snake when she was walking through her yard last June.

However, the DNR says it's surprising to see snakes out this late in the year.

"Usually they're in hibernation by now, but we haven't really had any prolonged cold spell," DNR public information specialist Art Shomo said.

Therefore, the DNR has some steps to take in case this happens to you.

First, stay calm so that the venom doesn't rush through your blood. If possible, kill the snake and take it to the hospital with you, so doctors will know the best way to treat you.

They also don't recommend the cut-and-suck method, which could be more dangerous than helpful.

Four months later, Sellards still has problems from her snake bite. Now, she's hoping that Williams will have a quick recovery.

"I can say that I'm praying for her, which I have," Sellards said. "My church is also. I know that's the only thing that got me through."

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