Spider bite almost kills Hackbridge woman Natalie Hemme

Spider bite nearly kills Hackbridge woman

Spider bite nearly kills Hackbridge woman

First published in Bizarre This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A Hackbridge woman who was bitten by a spider as she slept feared she could have lost her arm or even died after contracting a rare illness from the bite.

Natalie Hemme, 31, developed a syndrome which caused the skin and flesh in her right forearm to swell and die after being bitten by the arachnid in her Corbet Close home in February.

Doctors thought the arm would have to be amputated but saved it after five operations leaving her with severe scarring but full use of the limb.

Ms Hemme told The Sun newspaper: "You'd expect it in Australia, but not in Surrey!

"I was in such pain when they told me I needed my arm amputated that I didn't even care. It was agony and I know I have been very lucky to survive and keep my arm."

Ms Hemme woke one morning in February with a small red bite on her left wrist. When it started to swell and throb she was given antibiotics and paracetamol.

But two days later her husband Michael was forced to call an ambulance after she became violently ill with compartment syndrome. The muscles and nerves in her arm had turned septic, she was vomiting green pus and struggling to stand.

She told The Sun: "It looked like a balloon. I honestly thought I was going to die."

Surgeons were able to strip the infected flesh from the arm and she was in hospital for three weeks. She has now returned to work following physiotherapy.

She says she never used to be scared of spiders but is now and always checks the bed for bugs before she goes to sleep.

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4:43pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Binsanity says...

What crasse reporting. Can the spider be identified by the type of bite, or was a spider spotted prior or after the bite anywhere in the house. Are any tests underway to discover it's identity. Typical Guardian reporting, lots of splash with little or no fact.
What crasse reporting. Can the spider be identified by the type of bite, or was a spider spotted prior or after the bite anywhere in the house. Are any tests underway to discover it's identity. Typical Guardian reporting, lots of splash with little or no fact. Binsanity
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4:48pm Thu 15 Nov 12

kazza76 says...

this has also been reported in the sun newspaper. all spiders are venomous even the house spider. I suspect that the lady had some sort of allergic reaction to the bite and therefore reacted in such a way. I would however like to know if it was definatly a house spider and not one that has got in to the country via fruit and veg or imported goods.
this has also been reported in the sun newspaper. all spiders are venomous even the house spider. I suspect that the lady had some sort of allergic reaction to the bite and therefore reacted in such a way. I would however like to know if it was definatly a house spider and not one that has got in to the country via fruit and veg or imported goods. kazza76
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6:15pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Binsanity says...

Totally agree kazza76. If it were not an allergic reaction i would tend to think it was a particularly venemous spider given the injuries to this poor woman. My point however is the cheap and lazy reporting which gives no thought to any of our concerns.
Totally agree kazza76. If it were not an allergic reaction i would tend to think it was a particularly venemous spider given the injuries to this poor woman. My point however is the cheap and lazy reporting which gives no thought to any of our concerns. Binsanity
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10:06pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Krissi says...

actually in some places locally we have false widow spiders as well as cave spiders in this country all spiders which are venomous and as spider venom is a neurotoxin, it can cause side effects as well
actually in some places locally we have false widow spiders as well as cave spiders in this country all spiders which are venomous and as spider venom is a neurotoxin, it can cause side effects as well Krissi
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4:40pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Sutton53 says...

kazza76 wrote:
this has also been reported in the sun newspaper. all spiders are venomous even the house spider. I suspect that the lady had some sort of allergic reaction to the bite and therefore reacted in such a way. I would however like to know if it was definatly a house spider and not one that has got in to the country via fruit and veg or imported goods.
Although all 700+ species of UK spiders are venomous the vast majority are totally harmless to humans. Only 12 species are known to have any harmful effects on humans - and most of these effects are very minor.
[quote][p][bold]kazza76[/bold] wrote: this has also been reported in the sun newspaper. all spiders are venomous even the house spider. I suspect that the lady had some sort of allergic reaction to the bite and therefore reacted in such a way. I would however like to know if it was definatly a house spider and not one that has got in to the country via fruit and veg or imported goods.[/p][/quote]Although all 700+ species of UK spiders are venomous the vast majority are totally harmless to humans. Only 12 species are known to have any harmful effects on humans - and most of these effects are very minor. Sutton53
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2:29am Sat 24 Nov 12

Junfan Mantovani says...

dang thats wack, does she has spidey powers now?
dang thats wack, does she has spidey powers now? Junfan Mantovani
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