I read this story about a 2-year-old boy who was bitten by a rattlesnake in Idyllwild this past weekend. He was airlifted to the hospital and injected with antivenom. He made a full recovery. We had rattlesnakes on the property on which I grew up. They were all over the place. I’d find one and freeze in place. I’d yell for my dad, and in one swoop, he’d slice through it with a shovel, sometimes splitting it open to reveal a bird’s egg, or a whole mouse, slimy and undigested. I was scared of bees (still am), but I wasn’t really worried about rattlesnakes for some reason. I stayed away from piles of rocks and wood and dense weeds. I listened for rattling. I’ll tell you this much, though. If I had been bitten as a 2-year-old, I would have likely died. We didn’t have health insurance. My parents would surely have tried to drive me to the hospital, which was far away. There wouldn’t have been a helicopter ride. We didn’t have the resources.
But instead of crediting Cody’s recovery to the helicopter pilot who got him there on time, the scientists who created antivenom, the doctors, or even the snake that didn’t fully release its venom, “Cody’s parents called his recovery a miracle and credit the prayers of their church group.”
Cody lived because his parents had resources. His mother is a nurse who knew what he needed and how to get it to him. Cody had access to a helicopter and a hospital and doctors and medicine. And if he didn’t have access to those things, Cody would have died. The prayers had nothing to do with it.
Last year, a “snake pastor” died at the age of 44. Guess how? And guess how his father died (at the age of 39)?
While this thinking is well-intentioned, there are plenty of people who die every day because they don’t have resources. Rather than thanking god, feeling special, and moving on, why not thank the people who worked really hard to save this boy’s life, and then look around and see what we can do to make it so that others have the same resources they need to survive? It is arrogant to believe that a man in space saved this boy. Because that also means this Space Man chooses to overlook all of the rest. Why would anyone want to be a part of anything like that?
Photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rattlesnake