Think the humble house spider is harmless? Think again: woman nearly dies after spider bite
Natalie Hemme suffered a rare allergic reaction after being bitten on the wrist by a house spider
A 31-year-old woman has described how she almost died after she was bitten by a house spider.
Natalie Hemme, a civil servant from Wallington, Surrey, was lying in bed when the spider bit her.
Because of a rare allergic reaction she suffered shocking swelling to her arm. The blood flow in the limb was blocked and it subsequently turned septic.
She developed Compartment Syndrome, which results in muscle and flesh in the limb dying.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper Mrs Hemme, who has since recovered from the incident, said: ‘I was lucky to survive. You’d expect it in Australia - but not in Surrey.’
Surgeons had discussed amputating her arm after doctors thought her life could be at risk.
However, following five operations the limb was saved.
Ms Hemme suffered the small bite on her wrist in February, and within a few days her whole arm started to swell and throb. She went to a clinic and was told she had probably been bitten by a spider and was given antibiotics and paracetamol.
Within days her symptoms worsened and she began vomiting and struggling to stand, so her husband Michael ,35, called an ambulance.
On being taken to hospital she was warned by doctors that her arm might have to be amputated.
She told The Sun: “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.
“I can’t believe all this happened over a spider bite.
“I honestly thought I was going to die.”
Ms Hemme spent three weeks in hospital, followed by physiotherapy, before she was able to return to work.
- 1 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 3 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 4 Bad Jews poster 'censored' on London Tube
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Indian woman creates 'Marriage CV' after parents put her on dating site: 'Definitely not marriage material. Won’t grow long hair, ever'
Isis 'bulldozes' Nimrud: UNESCO condemns destruction of ancient Assyrian site as a 'war crime'
Professor Brian Cox brands astrology-believing Tory MP David Tredinnick an 'outlier on the spectrum of reason'
Lynch mob kills suspected rapist in India after dragging him naked for four miles through city
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
£65000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Technical Presales Engineer - central London ...
£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Physiotherapist / Sports Ther...
£8 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Sales Executives / Advisors are required...
£14000 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen for a...