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A woman inside a restaurant is bitten several times by a copperhead snake

A copperhead snake looks up at the Nature Museum in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. A Virginia woman was bitten by a copperhead at a LongHorn Steakhouse.
A copperhead snake looks up at the Nature Museum in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. A Virginia woman was bitten by a copperhead at a LongHorn Steakhouse. AP FILE PHOTO

A Virginia woman is recovering after being bitten by a copperhead snake during a restaurant visit.

Rachel Myrick tells The Free Lance-Star she was at a LongHorn Steakhouse in Spotsylvania County earlier this month when she felt a sharp pain in her left foot.

She reached down and realized she’d been bitten several times by a roughly 8-inch-long copperhead that had gotten inside the restaurant’s foyer.

Myrick says the pain was excruciating. She was taken to a hospital for treatment, where she was given antivenin.

She’s since been released but says it will likely take at least three months to fully recover.

A spokesman for LongHorn says the restaurant chain wants to provide any assistance it can to Myrick and is taking steps to prevent anything similar from happening again.

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