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11-year-old boy home from hospital after snake bite

7:16 AM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
An Easter diamondback rattlesnake sits in the Latoxan SAS laboratory before the snake's venom is extracted at the company's unit in Valence, France, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. The company specializes in the production of high quality venoms and toxins for research and leading pharmaceutical companies. Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- An 11-year-old boy is out of the hospital two weeks after a 5-foot-long eastern diamondback rattlesnake bit his leg.

He left the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital on Saturday and is recovering at home.

The boy was running through the woods while attending a friend's birthday party in Newberry when the snake bit him on May 30. The Gainesville Sun reports that he received 80 vials of antivenin during his 15-day hospital stay.

The boy walked out of the hospital, carrying a Gators football helmet signed by doctors and nurses. His mother, Heather Smith, says she's thankful for the care he received.

Doctors say he shouldn't have any long-term issues. But he's need some physical therapy for his leg.

Associated Press

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