As temperatures get cooler snakes start finding places to stay warm before disappearing for the winter. A lot of times this moves them closer to houses where they can find warmth. Unfortunately, this causes some unwanted interactions between them and humans.
A Tennessee toddler was the unfortunate recipient of one of these encounters. In a Facebook post, Katie Gardner Foust describes how a copperhead bit her 19-month-old daughter on the leg and her ensuing treatment.
My Precious 19-month-old Emmy Joe was bit by this copperhead. Hiding right beside our back door with her toys. Many of you have asked how big the snake was. This is it. When asked at the hospital what Logan killed it with, he said he didn’t even know. The first thing he saw. Adrenaline was kicking. We were both hoping it was a chicken snake but when Logan went back and moved the toys his heart immediately dropped into his stomach. Please, please check your kid’s toys before they go outside to play. This has been a very hard and emotional process for both of us. Seeing your baby in pain knowing there is nothing you can do is one of the hardest things to do as a parent.
In an interview with NBC 4 Nashville, Katie describes how this accident happened.
“Emmy Joe, my baby, walked up to where her toys were and started screaming. My babysitter looked and said she saw a snake,” Foust said.
She was rushed to the emergency room were she was quickly treated.
“She was vomiting, just in a lot of pain. I was holding her, just consoling her, trying to get calm down,” Foust said.
That is a scary situation for any parent, but they were not in this alone. People from all around the world have been lifting up this little girl in prayer and according to Katie, the prayers are working. Emmy Joe is recovering and we are all grateful.
The following was added to her initial post.
Edit: The power of prayer is an incredible thing. We have had so many prayers from all over. They were definitely heard and felt by us all. Update: We are home and she is doing much better. Her leg is still a little sensitive.
We are grateful that she is doing better but please continue to keep this little one in your prayers and also pray for her parents for strength in this trying time.
Snake bites are no joke they can quickly go from bad to worse. Katie advocates for parents checking their surroundings so another child does not have to go through what her daughter went through.