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Snake bite victim gets $55K medical bill

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ARLINGTON, VA (WFLA) -

A woman was simply walking to her car when she was suddenly bitten by a venomous copperhead snake.

Believe it or not, it wasn't even the snake bite that hurt the most.

8/6/2013 Related Story: 100-lb python in shed likely ate neighbor's missing cat

It all started when Jules Weiss was walking to her car when she was bitten by the snake. Her foot quickly swelled and turned blue, so the woman went straight to the emergency room at an Arlington, Virginia hospital.

They treated her with three doses of anti-venom over 18 hours and she made a full recovery.

When the hospital bill came, she realized that her life-saving treatment would cost her $55,000.

8/6/2013 Related Story: St. Petersburg woman bit by rattlesnake while gardening

Weiss, who does not have medical insurance, is responsible for the entire amount.

The hospital says it costs $40,000 or more, just to stock the anti-venom.

They added that they do have financial counselors who can help with payment plans.

Weiss says she'll need financial assistance to recover from the bill, now that she's recovered from the bite.

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