Snake bite costs Kansas man $160,000

WICHITA, Kan. - A rattlesnake took a bite out of a Kansas man's wallet on Memorial Day weekend.

Steve Witte was in Winfield, Kan. when the snake bit him.

He drove himself to the emergency room at a Wichita hospital.

Witte had to be given antivenom.

The cost? $160,000.

"Antivenom is a very specialized medication we give to snakebite patients that essentially neutralize that venom, a lot of outlying facilities don't have access right away to this specialized medication," said John Ruder, a hospital official.

Witte said his health insurance will cover the bill.

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