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While residents in Nye County's small desert communities wait with baited breath for a regional hospital to be built in Pahrump, an Amargosa Valley woman recently experienced a not-so-freakish medical emergency from which she is still recovering - physically as well as financially.
The experience points at the dangers of living in a remote area without benefit of an urban hospital within easy reach and the crucial necessity of taking precautions in the outdoors at a time when emergency medical help can still be hours away.
On the night of Aug. 4, Karen Gilligan, 50, was bitten by a rattlesnake while taking her dog for a walk around her house on 10 acres in Amargosa Valley. It was the beginning of a four-day ordeal that she said has been the most memorable of her life.