Young snakebite victim responds to treatment

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OGLESBY, Texas (KWTX) A young boy who was bitten by what authorities believe was a rattlesnake in the backyard of his home is responding to treatment at McLane’s Children’s Hospital in Temple.

Four-year-old Eastyn Martin was out of bed and moving around on Wednesday and doctors were hopeful that after another day of recovery he’ll be able to go home, Oglesby Independent School District Superintendent Jason Jones said Wednesday.

The boy’s father, Chad Martin, teaches science at the district's secondary school.

The boy was taken Monday from his home on Farm-to-Market Road 1996 near Oglesby, to Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Medical Center, in Waco, then later was transferred to the hospital at Temple.

“The swelling has reduced and he is up and moving around today!,” Jones said in a statement Wednesday.

“They are optimistic, after 24 more hours of monitoring, that he will be coming home!,” he said.

“The family is very thankful for the thoughts and prayers from everyone.”

The bite was reported at around 4:30 p.m. Monday at the boy’s home on FM 1996 near Oglesby, the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Authorities had few details, but at the time said the boy was bitten twice by either a rattlesnake or a copperhead.