Each year, 7,000 people are bitten by a venomous snake in the United States. Of those snake bite victims, five will lose their life.
On Aug. 10, 2010, Peyton Alexandra Hood became one of those victims when just three weeks shy of her second birthday, she was playing on a swing set with her brother at Possum Kingdom Lake. The toddler walked down the steps and was struck on the ankle by a newborn Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. It struck twice, and within minutes Peyton’s skin turned a bluish black color and she was care flighted to Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Tragically, Peyton passed just five hours after the bite.
“She was a force of nature, that girl,” said her Great Aunt Alyssa Cannedy, and the executive director of Peyton’s Project. “It was a terrible tragedy for our family. This is why Peyton’s Project was born.”