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Snake-handling preacher gets bit; prays instead of seeking medical attention

By Brad A. Greenberg

May 29, 2014 | 11:08 am

This story of a snake-handling preacher made my brain hurt:

Cody Coots tells the Lexington Herald-Leader he was bitten on a finger as he removed snakes from a cage on Monday.

The 21-year Coots says he declined medical treatment from an ambulance crew. Instead, he says he relied on prayer for healing....

His father, Jamie Coots, died of a snakebite in February. Following his death, Cody Coots took over as pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middlesboro, Kentucky.

Rest here.

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