A Commerce teenager is recovering from a snakebite suffered last Wednesday evening in Banks County.
McClaine Martin, 18, who graduated May 22 from Commerce High School, had met a friend at the Commerce reservoir off Grove Level Church Road in lower Banks County at about 7:30 p.m., according to her father, Scott Martin.
“They pull into the gravel parking area, step out and start walking toward the lake and a copperhead bit her on the right foot,” he said. “She called me right away and said, ‘Dad, I just got bit by a snake.’ I thought it might be a water snake.”
But her friend, Madison Maddox, took a photo of the two-foot-long snake and sent it to Martin, who recognized it as a copperhead and advised his daughter to go immediately to the emergency room at Northridge Medical Center.
The snake bit her on the top of her right foot — she was wearing flip-flops — but only one fang penetrated the skin, which probably reduced the amount of venom from the bite.
Hospital staff administered pain medication and medication to slow her heart down, Martin said, and kept her under close observation. They released her early Thursday morning, and she’s expected to make a full recovery.
Martin said the doctor did not use anti-venom, but kept a close eye on the swelling.
“She was in a lot of pain,” he said Thursday morning. “They said she might be in pain for another 18 hours or so.”
McClain Martin has broken a foot twice, but she said Monday morning that the snakebite “hurt a lot more.” As of Monday, she said she still could not walk on the still swollen foot, although she said it was getting better.