After 2 weeks, boy bitten by rattlesnake still in serious condition

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It has been two-weeks since a rattlesnake bit 8-year-old Zach Szalas in a Charleston County park. The boy remains in the hospital listed in serious condition.

Family members say Szalas ran off the trail at Wannamaker Park in North Charleston and stepped on a rattlesnake snake.

Zach was rushed to MUSC where he received more than 30 vials of anti-venom.

Doctors told the family it was a Timber Rattlesnake, and judging by the two-inch bite on Szalas' leg, doctors told her the snake was probably about 6 feet long.

Tom O'Rourke, the Executive Director of Charleston County Parks and Recreation, said he's never seen anyone bitten by a rattlesnake in his 10 years on the job.

He said park officials didn't kill the rattlesnake that bit Zach because with the park being 10,000 acres, it'd be impossible to kill every poisonous snake.

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