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Lawyer Survives Snake Bite

A roadside stretch break along Alligator Alley last weekend turned out to be a bad idea for a Boynton Beach lawyer wearing flip-flops.

Ryan Toogood stepped out of his car while driving back from a fishing trip to Naples with his girlfriend, and a water moccasin bit him on the big toe, the South Florida Sun Sentinelreports.

The lawyer ended up being taken by ambulance to a waiting helicopter, which flew him to Weston’s Cleveland Clinic. The Miami-Dade Venom Response Unit, which handles about 30 cases a year, was waiting for him.

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