A 2-year-old Jamul boy was rushed to the hospital Saturday afternoon after he was bitten by a rattlesnake, but the way the child made it to the hospital is a story in itself.
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The boy was bitten at about 4 p.m. while playing outside his home. After the bite occurred, his parents put him in their SUV and headed out for help.
Leonard Villarreal, a spokesman for the San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District, said the family first spotted Fire Station 36 on Campo Road in Jamul.
The father tried to get help at the station, but the firefighters were away responding to another emergency call. In addition, the father hit a curb on his way into the station so hard that the SUV blew a tire.
The family then continued on Campo Road until an ambulance met the family outside Filippi's restaurant.
Cal Fire Capt. Daryll Pina said the family should have stayed put and called 911.
"We have medical aid dispatchers that can give you first aid recommendations over the phone while we're responding," he said. "Once we respond, if needed, we can call an airship which will lessen the transport time."
The ambulance first took the child to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. Once stabilized, the child was taken to Rady Childrens Hospital for further treatment.
This spring, rattlesnakes have had encounters with humans more frequently than usual around San Diego.
A week and a half ago, a baby rattlesnake slithered into 39-year-old Kenny Ngo's Rancho Penasquitos condo and bit him on the heel. Experts say as the weather warms up, things will only get worse when it comes to rattlesnakes and humans being in the same place at the same time.
The 2-year-old boy from Jamul is recovering and is expected to be OK.
Rady Children's Hospital told 10News that another child with a snake bite was also brought to their hospital from the North County. Hospital officials said that child is expected to be fine as well.
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