SAN DIEGO — A California man was hit with a $150,000 hospital bill over the 4th of July weekend after he was bitten by the rattlesnake he was trying to pose for a picture with.
“He literally paralyzed my whole body,” Todd Fassler told KGTV. “My tounge was sticking out. My eyes were off to the side.”
The near-deadly selfie attempt caused doctors to deplete the anti-venom stash at two different hospitals to treat him, KGTV reported. The time and intricate process it takes to develop anti-venom, along with the scarcity of resources, explain why the life-saving potion is so expensive.
Each vial costs about $5,000, and it takes about 12 vials of anti-venom to treat an average snake bite, Dr. Richard Clark of the Poison Control Center said.
Fassler told the San Diego news station that he kept the snake as a pet for more than a year, but he set it free because he thinks “animal services would appreciate it.”
California sees about 100 rattlesnake bites every year, according to the University of San Diego.