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Four-year-old recovering from copperhead bite

Now that the weather is warming up, we will be seeing many types of snakes on the move. You should always use caution when walking to and from your destination.

Copperheads and cottonmouths are very common to our area, along with garter snakes, blue runners, chicken snakes, water snakes, and many other non-poisonous snakes.

If you are unfamiliar with the varieties of snakes, it is always best to err on the side of caution. Don’t pick up snakes.

The following story is a reason to be vigilant while the weather begins to change to warmer and wetter.

Four-year-old Lawson Brown was bitten twice on the wrist by a copperhead snake Sunday, Apr. 12 at his home in Fields. He is currently being treated with anti-venoms and pain medication at in a children's unit at Herman Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas.

His parents learned that the snake had been picked up by Lawson's younger brother. Lawson took the snake from him and carried it to his dad and grandfather in the front yard. As he tried to put it down, the copperhead bit him twice on his wrist. Since he knew he wasn't supposed to hold snakes, at first he said he hadn't been bitten. His grandfather saw the puncture marks and rushed him to DeQuincy. An ambulance met them at Hargrove and then transported Lawson to Lake Charles.

Lawson's mother, Jayd, says, "they did a blood test as soon as we got to Lake Charles Memorial, and we knew what kind of snake it was, so that was helpful. The anti-venom took a few hours to start taking effect but once it did the swelling started to go down."

He was transferred to Herman Memorial for treatment because of his age and the amount of swelling. Lawson is being closely monitored and will receive more anti-venom treatments. He says "Thank you everybody for the prayers."

Lawson is the son of Jayd and Brandon Brown of Fields.

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