One solider spent three months in hospital after being bitten by a camel spider while on duty in Iraq.
Soldiers who are sent to Iraq are trained to look out for many hidden dangers but spiders tend not to be one of them. Lance Corporal Sammy O’Gorman spent three months in hospital and underwent 17 operations after being bitten on the thigh by a camel spider while on patrol in Basra. Although the spider's bite is not poisonous it can still prove lethal due to bacteria in its saliva. "When I went to Iraq, the biggest threat was the IED," he said. "You just did not have time to worry about spiders. I didn’t see the spider or feel the bite."
"When Lance Corporal Sammy O’Gorman learned he was being sent to fight in Iraq, he immediately thought of the dangers of deadly roadside bombs."