Vermonter Recovering From Rattlesnake Bite

WCAX (April 8, 2019)

A Vermonter is recovering after a hike in Arizona turned into a trip to the hospital. Kaija Johnson planned to spend two weeks hiking the Arizona Trail but halfway through her journey, she was bitten by a rattlesnake.

She says it happened deep in a canyon and the snake never gave any warning before striking her below the knee. Johnson said she focused on staying calm while a friend ran 5 miles to get a cell signal to call 911. Johnson was airlifted to the hospital where she credits knowing what to do for saving her leg, and maybe even her life.

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