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Boy receives 'biggest ever' antivenom dose


Posted on Friday, 24 February, 2017 | Comment icon 5 comments

This is one spider you do not want to be bitten by. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 CSIRO
Matthew Mitchell was rushed to hospital after being bitten by a deadly funnel-web spider in Australia.
The 10-year-old had been helping his father clear out a shed at their home in Berkeley Vale, New South Wales when he was bitten on the finger by a spider that was hiding in one of his shoes.

The culprit turned out to be a funnel-web spider - one of the most dangerous arachnids in the world.

"It sort of clawed on to me and all the legs and everything crawled around my finger and I couldn't get it off," he later said of the incident.

Matthew was rushed to hospital and was found to have been injected with so much of the spider's deadly venom that he required a record-breaking 12 vials of antivenom to neutralize it.

Incredibly, he was back on his feet in no time and was able to return home the following day.

"I've never heard of it, it's incredible," said Tim Faulkner of the Australian Reptile Park, a facility which 'milks' venom from dangerous snakes and spiders for the purpose of making antivenom.

"To walk out of hospital a day later with no effects is a testament to the antivenom."

Source: Sky News | Comments (5)

Tags: Spider, Australia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by DebDandelion on 24 February, 2017, 15:12
I hope he recovers without any side effects! (meaning side effects of bite exhibiting itself later, even though he doesn't have any now)
Comment icon #2 Posted by Goodf3llow on 24 February, 2017, 18:49
Comment icon #3 Posted by Mant00 on 25 February, 2017, 9:16
Wonder if he'll develop special powers like Spiderman ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado on 25 February, 2017, 10:09
Get well soon, Matthew! Your school diary and essays will now be read by every teacher in the school.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Saru on 25 February, 2017, 10:20
Good to hear he's doing well.


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