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Boy survives deadly spider bite after taking record 12 vials of antivenom

first_img 37 Comments Short URL Friday 24 Feb 2017, 5:06 PM The funnel web spider which bit 10-year-old Matthew Mitchell Source: FacebookA 10-YEAR-OLD Australian boy has survived a bite from one of the world’s deadliest spiders after taking a record 12 vials of anti-venom according to local media.Matthew Mitchell was helping his dad clear out the back shed at their home north of Sydney when he was bitten on the finger by a funnel-web spider that had been lurking in his shoe.“It sort of clawed onto me and all the legs and everything crawled around my finger and I couldn’t get it off,” he told the Daily Telegraph.His family used his shirt as a compression bandage to try and slow the venom’s spread and rushed him to hospital.He experienced convulsions but survived after being given 12 vials of anti-venom, which local media said was an Australian record.The funnel-web spider is among the world’s deadliest. Its venom attacks the nervous system causing foaming at the mouth, muscle spasms and potentially death.https://www.facebook.com/AustralianReptilePark/posts/10154916916242976The spider was caught and taken to the Australian Reptile Park where it will be milked as part of their program to develop anti-venom.The 10-year-old was “as lucky as they get”, Australian Reptile Park general manager Tim Faulkner told the Telegraph.Australia is home to a startling number of the world’s deadliest creatures, including snakes, spiders, jellyfish and octopuses.The funnel web is particularly feared but no deaths have been recorded since anti-venom for its bite was first developed in the 1980s.© – AFP, 2017Read: “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name”: Trump attacks mediaRead: ‘I don’t really care about the policies’ – McIlroy reveals interest in Trump’s rise http://jrnl.ie/3257490 35,251 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share83 Tweet Email1 Boy survives deadly spider bite after taking record 12 vials of anti-venom 10-year-old Matthew Mitchell was bitten on his finger by a deadly Funnel Web Spider that had been hiding in his shoe. Feb 24th 2017, 5:06 PM By AFPlast_img read more