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IN Animals ON 16 Sep, 2015
Either you are out in the wild or in the safest place called home, you never lose sight of a spider. However, there are about 40,000 species. It's really hard to figure out which one is your friend and which one would turn out to be a foe.
A similar mishap occurred to a three-year-old beautiful girl, which left her paralysed.
In this article Mother of Ella Williamson, from Dover, Kent, tells us how the tot's leg looked like it had been eaten away from the inside.
This beautiful young girl was bitten by a FALSE WIDOW SPIDER. She was unable to walk after the bite. While she was playing at her dad's place, this venomous spider sank its teeth into her flesh and left her with a eight-inch blister on her leg.
Bobbie-Louise first noticed Ella had a small blister when she returned home. She took her to a hospital the very next morning when she saw that the bite had doubled in size. She was given antibiotics and sent home, but the day after it had tripled in size and looked like her leg was being eaten away.
Bobbie-Louise took her back to hospital as she was sick and her health degraded continuously. She was very worried, at first she thought it might be meningitis and many such horrible thoughts were going through her head. Bobbie-Louise said, "We waited for a skin specialist, who said it was a false widow spider bite. She couldn't walk and had to be carried everywhere. It was horrible to see my daughter in that way." Mrs Willis, 24, from Dover, Kent, said, "It was the worst time of my life. I thought something was eating her from the inside. It just kept getting bigger. She wouldn't let me touch it. So she must have been in a lot of pain. I would hate to see anyone go through what she went through."
Little Ella was sent to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, where she was confined to her room for a night and put on very strong antibiotics. It took a month before the nasty scabbing started to get better, and three months for it to heal completely. Ella, who attends Next Steps Pre-School in Dover, has no permanent scarring, but is now terrified of spiders.
Bobbie-Louise, who caught a false widow a year before the attack, said: "I always used to put spiders outside, but after seeing what Ella went through I would definitely kill one straight away now." False widow spiders, which are frequently confused for the deadly black widow, are set to invade British homes in the coming weeks due to warm weather.