CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Logan woman is in critical condition after being bit by a copperhead more than three weeks ago.
Tara Williams, 21, of Logan, was on a bow-hunting trip in Ritchie County last month when she was bit twice on the leg by a copperhead.
Tara's brother, Greg "Fuji" Williams, said his sister's hunting trip was almost finished when the snake attack occurred.
"She walked out to the vehicle to get something. She didn't have boots on, like she normally would have and it wrapped around her leg. When she tried to shake it off, it bit her a second time before she finally got it off of her," he said.
The nearest hospital was in Parkersburg, about 40 minutes away. The hospital did not have any antivenin once Williams arrived, so she was transferred by ambulance to West Virginia University's Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
"From what I took from it, she had some kind of reaction to the antivenin," Greg said.
Williams was discharged from the hospital about three days after her bite. She was home less than 24 hours before she had to return to Morgantown for emergency surgery.
Greg said his sister's leg was swelling and doctors had to perform surgery to relieve pressure on the bite.
Then, early Wednesday, Williams was placed on a ventilator. Greg said fluid had started to build up in her lungs and she needed help breathing.
Doctors removed her from the ventilator on Thursday.
And while Ruby Memorial administrators said she was in critical condition on Thursday afternoon, her brother said, "She's up talking; she's a lot better now."
Williams' mother, Michele, posted on Facebook about her daughter's condition.
"Thanks to all my friends and co-workers for their prayers, love and support.