Teen bitten 6 times after stepping on rattler nest

She looked down and saw an adult rattler and five babies biting her foot

POSTED: 07:40 AM PST Nov 09, 2012    UPDATED: 06:55 AM PST Nov 09, 2012 
Rattlesnake nest
EL CAJON, Calif. -

A San Diego County girl is recovering after she stepped into a rattlesnake nest and was bitten six times.
    
Sixteen-year-old Vera Oliphant of El Cajon tells U-T San Diego http://bit.ly/S2Z0EK that she's lucky to be alive.
    
Vera says she was visiting her uncle in Jamul on Oct. 27 when she went up a hill to get cellphone reception to call her mother.
    
The girl says she heard rattling as she stepped into a pile of weeds and twigs. She looked down and saw an adult rattler and five babies biting her foot.
    
Vera hobbled to the house and was driven to a hospital to receive antivenin. The girl says she lost consciousness four times and was in intensive care for several days. She'll return to school next week.