TODAY | August 11, 2013
>>> a woman who really got hit with a double whammy when she was out for a drive and decided to get a little fresh drive. jenna wolfe is here to explain. this is a crazy one.
>> this one stings. it's a two-start sting. here is the deal. a maryland woman got too close for comfort with a poisonous snake . that's not even what's bothering her the most today. they terrify harrison ford or indiana jones in " raiders of the lost ark ."
>> snakes? why does it have to be snakes?
>> more recently it was snakes on a plane that crashed in on our worst fears. and now a maryland woman is really feeling the pain. first, jules white thought she was stung by a bee along a dk d.c.-area highway.
>> i started walking back to my car and only made it about a step, so it was right about here, and i felt what felt just like a bee sting .
>> but it wasn't a sting from a bee. instead it was a bite from a copperhead snake that caused her foot to balloon in epic proportions .
>> there were two fang marks with a little bit of liquid coming out.
>> little did she know the real pain hadn't even started yet. after getting treatment the hospital sent her an eye popping bill for nearly $55,000.
>> my insurance had just expired, they said i was ten days too late to get it rhett troe actively added.
>> the anti-venom can cost $40,000. but how does that compare to other medical treatments? dealing with heart failure would cost about $38,000. kidney failure more than $40,000. or replacing your lower joints more than $50,000. all still less expensive than treating a snake bite . weiss says she hopes the hospital will reconsider.
>> everyone is hoping the hospital will work with me. it's not a number i can work around.
>> meanwhile she is keeping a pos it tiff attitude and certainly watching where she steps.
>> i will buy a lottery ticket and a cheap bottle of wine.
>> so jules weiss says while she does regret going to the hospital there was also the chance if she had waited she could have faced kidney failure as a result of the venom going through her body.
>> what's your choice there?
>> you don't have a choice.