BLACK CANYON CITY, AZ — A 7-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after being bitten by a rattlesnake in a mountain area near Black Canyon City.
Daisy Mountain Fire crews say the boy was bitten while he was hiking with family Saturday evening.
A 7yo boy was out hiking with his family when he was bitten by a rattlesnake. A coordinated effort between @DaisyMtnFire and @PHXFire to locate and extract the patient was successful and the patient was rapidly transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/vwVbWZu5rX— Daisy Mtn Fire & Medical (@DaisyMtnFire) April 12, 2020
His mother Samantha reached out to ABC15 to share photos and what occurred Saturday.
Samantha said her son Braxton along with other family members went on a hike.
After hiking around 6-8 miles, they decided to turn around before the sun set. On their way back, Braxton was next to a bush and heard a rattle. They then told him to move away from the bush slowly, but the rattlesnake was able to bite him.
"He honestly thought his leg got scratched by cactus," said Samantha. "I looked and sure thing he got bit."
Samantha and her husband took turns carrying him back while the fire department met them at the mountain. She also says he is recovering in the ICU and is currently on his 3rd dose of anti-venom.
They say he will be in the ICU for the next couple days.
"I lived here my whole life, my family is very adventurous and love the outdoors," said Samantha. "I will say we will wear jeans hiking from here on out to take extra precautions."
Daisy Mountain and Phoenix fire crews were able to transport him to the hospital.
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