North Port - The victim, who does not wish to be named at this time, was walking in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Friday around 6:30 pm when she was reportedly bit by what may have been a copperhead snake. North Port Fire and Rescue got the call, and a team member put her over his shoulder and ran her out to a waiting helicopter.

She has been at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in critical condition, but is now awake. She had surgery on her leg to remove the damaged tissue and to relieve the swelling. SNN received the update from her boyfriends father, who also says her birthday is Wednesday.