Priscilla Meridith from Glynn County, Georgia was in her garden, and a rattlesnake bit her. Meridith died from her injuries. She was 62 years old.
Multiple news sources have reported that Meridith was bitten in May 2019 and suffered a heart attack due to an allergy to the rattlesnake venom.
Meridith was placed in a coma which was medically induced. She never regained consciousness.
The family of the woman reports she suffered from organ failure and the heart attack while in the hospital for the rattlesnake bite. They said Meridith died last week, but did not give an exact date.
Family members allege Meridith was not provided with an anti-venom treatment while hospitalized at the Brunswick Campus of Southeast Georgie Health System.
It was reported to the staff at the hospital that the woman informed them she was allergic to the anti-venom treatment.
Dr. Mohsen Aklaghi, the emergency medical director at the hospital, reported that the staff followed the protocol for treatment provided to them by the Poison Control Center of Georgia.
Dr. Gaylord Lopez, the Managing Director of Poison Control, spoke with WJAX-TV. He said that patients who have an allergy can still be provided with an anti-venom if they appear to be a good candidate based on other factors which included the patient’s vital signs and their medical history.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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