• Boy, 11, bitten by diamondback rattlesnake


    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - An 11-year-old boy remains hospitalized Monday after he was bitten by one of the most venomous snakes in the country.

    Benjamin Smith was running through a wooded area at a friend's birthday party when he was bitten by an eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

    Doctors said they have given Smith 66 vials of antivenin over the last week.

    Luckily, Smith lives just a few miles from Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where doctors have access to a big supply of the antivenin.

    The snake was killed, authorities said.

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