For a father like Michael Cook, one of the worst things imaginable is hearing that your daughter is in critical condition. But that’s exactly what happened to him after he received a call from the daycare center in charge of looking after his two-year-old daughter, Kiley. The daycare workers had to break the news to him that Kiley had been bitten by one of the most dangerous snakes in the world: A Copperhead.
After Kiley was bitten, her fingers and arms turned black and began to swell. She had to be sedated. She was flown to a hospital that had a lot of experience with snake bites, where she was saved. Her mother recounts how traumatic the experience was, saying, ‘It was a scary moment. My heart stopped.’
Kiley’s father warns parents everywhere to be careful of the threat that could be lurking in the grasses, saying, ‘Just be aware of your surroundings. Look for them. They’re not hard to spot if you’re looking for them.