A Macon County woman, who is now recovering at home, was bitten by a poisonous snake at her Fescue Lane home on Saturday afternoon, August 27th, and was air lifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville, for treatment.Fifty-eight-year-old Juanita Farber was bitten by a copperhead snake over the weekend, while she was cleaning under her sink in the Underwood Community. Reaching under the cabinets, where they had seen a snake earlier, she felt a sting on her arm and according to Mrs. Farber it felt much like a bee sting. It became extremely painful, and realizing she needed medical attention she immediately called 911.
Mrs. Farber, who is originally from up north, knew that copperhead bites are typically not fatal, but there is still the possibility. “It was certainly a scary experience,” Mrs. Farber said, “and my blood pressure was sky high. I knew that during the dog days of summer, snake bites are more frequent and the warm, dry air often sends snakes searching for water or a cool place to curl up.”
According to medical personnel, it was a dry bite but some venom did enter her blood stream, which she was treated for at Vanderbilt Hospital. Recovering at home, Mrs. Farber is still suffering from nausea, but she expects to be back on her feet sometime this week.
The Macon County Emergency Medical Services carried her to the heli pad, here in town, and Vanderbilt Life Flight transported her to Nashville.
“I would like to thank the Macon County EMS team and the Vanderbilt Life Flight crew for everything they did for me,” Mrs. Farber stated, “and especially for calling my husband to update him on my condition. Thanks to everyone!”
According to a report, copperheads can thrive in a variety of habitats including rocky, wooded areas, wood and sawdust piles, mountains, brushy zones along streams and creeks, abandoned farm buildings and old foundations, junk yards, swamps and brush piles. In the spring and fall Copperheads can be frequently seen during the day, and humid, warm nights, especially nights after a rain, are ideal times to see active copperheads.