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Man racks up $150K hospital bill after bitten by rattlesnake during selfie attempt

Posted: 9:11 AM, Jul 26, 2015
Updated: 2015-07-26 09:11:21-04

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.