6-year-old recovering from snake bite


News 12 at 6 o'clock / Saturday, July 13, 2013

GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW) -- Six-year-old Jacob Powell is coloring with his younger brother, but his dad, Jason, says it's not always this calm when the brothers get together.

"They go a mile a minute," said Jason Powell.

Powell said the kids would rather play outside, but one thing is stopping them.

"With all the rain and everything they've been stuck inside, so they kind of bounce off the wall," he said.

Before the rain started causing floods in our area, Jacob was taking advantage of every dry minute the summer offered, but his dad says one of those minutes turned his life upside down.

"We found out there was a snake in the playhouse where he was," he said.

Jacob didn't see the copperhead when it bit him, but Columbia County eventually found it and killed it. And while he may not have seen the bite coming, he definitely remembers it.

"We were just going down there to swing a little bit, and then I went into the playhouse and it just bit me," Jacob said.

Jacob spent four days in the hospital before he was released. His dad says it's probably one of the toughest things he's dealt with since becoming a father.

"When you can't help your kid when he's hurt or something like that it just breaks your heart," he said.

Powell says snakes and other animals are roaming around because they don't know where their home starts or ends. He also thinks that some of these animals are coming out because they are looking for food in places they haven't before. However, he now checks everything before the boys go outside.

"I check their playhouse. I check under their swing set and sandbox out there and just make sure there is no critters," he said.

And while Jacob must stay inside until his doctor clears him, his dad has advice for any parent that may go through this.

"Trust in the people who are trained to take care of your children because they took excellent care of us at the Children's Hospital," he said.

Jacob is now doing better and had his first doctor's visit on Wednesday since being released from the hospital. Doctors tell his parents he's doing fine and recuperating faster than expected.


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