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Businessman on the mend after rattlesnake bite

By Elena Watts
Oct. 6, 2013 at 5:06 a.m.
Updated Oct. 7, 2013 at 5:07 a.m.


Russell Cain, a prominent Port Lavaca businessman, is back at work after a 5-foot western diamondback rattlesnake bit his foot.

"It felt like a 50-pound sledgehammer hit my foot every five to seven seconds until the antivenom started working," said Cain, 65, of the Sept. 1 bite. "The venom was attacking my nervous system."

The state toxicologist called the first five days after Cain was bitten to make sure the antivenom was working, Cain said.

His foot is much better but still swells significantly by the end of a long day at work.

"My foot swelled up 10 inches in the hospital," said Cain, a Realtor and chairman of the Calhoun County Republican Party.

He wears a diabetic sock, elevates his foot every possible chance and performs exercises that are designed to help.

A Victoria doctor is treating his fluid retention.

Rotary friends from around the world have sent Cain photographs of giant snakes.

His buddy from Arizona sent him an image of a 15-foot rattlesnake with fangs 6 inches apart that could kill 40 men, he said.

"The one that bit me only had fangs 11/2 inches apart," Cain said.

He called his experience freakish. In the future, he said he plans to wear shoes in his yard.

"I appreciate all the prayers," Cain said. "I was very lucky."

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