Choir boy survives deadly snake bite after priest sucks venom out of genitals

Miami, FL | A priest at a southwest Miami-Dade County Catholic church has possibly saved a young choir boy’s life after he was bitten by a rattlesnake.

Father Juan Cristobal José Gonzalez, the pastor at St. Francis Catholic Church, had taken the 15-year-old boy out for a two-day fishing and camping trip when the incident occurred.

The young boy was bitten near the testicles moments after he walked on what he believed to be a branch and Father Gonzalez immediately attempted to suck out the venom before bringing him to the hospital.

“It was the most natural thing for me to help out another in need,” Father Gonzalez told reporters when reached by phone.

Father Gonzalez was forced to tear off the young man’s pants while the young boy was semi-conscious and showed severe symptoms of anaphylactic shock.

“His testicles had already started swelling profusely and so I applied my mouth to the wound and started sucking and spitting out the venom as fast as I could for at least an hour,” Father Gonzalez recalled.

Maria Cristobal, the young boy’s mother, said she was grateful that Father Gonzalez saved her boy’s life and that God had heard her prayers.

“I am so grateful to Father Gonzalez. We are so blessed that Father Gonzalez so courageously saved Eduardo’s life,” she told reporters in tears.

The young man’s mother had nothing but praise for Father Gonzalez whom she calls a ‘blessing to the whole family’.

“Father Gonzalez has been a real father to my son. Since my son is three years old, he has been taking him out camping and invites him with other boys for sleepovers since I often have to work extra hours being a single mom with four children” she said, still visibly emotional.

The young boy is expected to fully recover within a few days without any permanent damage and should be back in school next week, according to his doctor.

3 Comments on "Choir boy survives deadly snake bite after priest sucks venom out of genitals"

  1. Didn’t know you could train a snake.

  2. At what point was the venom gone….and what was the Priest spitting out at the 45 minute mark. He seemed a little too enthusiastic if you ask me !

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