Six-Year-Old Boy Dies After He Was Bitten by Rattlesnake During Family Bike Ride in Colorado

A six-year-old boy died days after he was bitten by a rattlesnake while on a family bike ride near Colorado Springs, CBS Colorado reports.

A father and his two children were taking a water break in the Bluestem Prairie Open Space when his 6-year-old son ran ahead and was bitten by the snake, the station reported. The boy died a week later.

“Being a dad myself it really, really hits home,” said Security Fire Battalion Chief Derek Chambers, who was among the first to respond to the call on July 5 just after 8 a.m.

“As soon as the kid was bitten, the dad grabbed him and started running toward the street … screaming for help,” he told the station.

Members of his department were on scene within minutes, and a helicopter arrived shortly afterwards. The child would make it to the hospital but died days later.

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SOURCE: CBS News