A ROOFER feared he would lose a leg after being bitten by a false widow spider.

Tony Mayne, 32, was called into hospital as his knee began oozing pus and his leg turned red and ballooned.

Roofer Tony Mayne, 32, feared he would lose a leg after being bitten by a false widow spider
Tony was taken into hospital as his knee began oozing pus and his leg turned red and ballooned

Experts have warned the threat from false widows is higher than ever before [/caption]

Doctors told him if the venom continued to spread he would lose his leg and he needed an operation.

Tony, who was bitten while he slept, had the surgery but may need more and a skin graft.

He said: “I feel lucky in the sense that it could have been a lot worse that it was.”

His ordeal began when he was sleeping at brother Craig’s house. Tony, of Beenham, Berks, woke to find the false widow on the curtain by his bed.

‘We genuinely feared he may need a leg amputated’

He said: “I called Craig to get rid of it because it freaked me out.” But the spider must have already nipped him as his leg began tingling.

“I was told no flying objects in this country carry the poisonous venom which entered my knee so I’d been bitten by a spider or a snake.”

He was given an antihistamine and antibiotics but doctors called him back to hospital when they saw his blood test results.

Tony’s sister-in-law Gemma Leach told The Sun: “We had been teasing him and calling him a bit of a wuss. But suddenly it was no laughing matter and we genuinely feared he may need a leg amputated.”

Their neighbours found a false widow spider nest in guttering under the roof.

Spotting a false widow spider

  • The false widow is a medium-sized spider with a round, brown body and cream coloured markings.
  • Its legs are a reddish-orange colour.
  • Females range in size from 9.5 to 14mm while males are 7 to 11mm.
  • The spider’s body and legs will have a glossy appearance.
  • The species closely resembles the black widow spider, aside from its colouring.

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Brits have increasingly been left in excruciating agony because of life-threatening false widow spider bites, whose flesh-eating venom has left victims permanently disabled and even ended their lives.

Experts have warned the threat from false widows is higher than ever before as the country is overrun with the deadly spiders.

Last year one young dad was left unable to walk and suffered weeks of agony after being bitten by the venomous beasts in Southampton.

Tony, who was bitten while he slept, had surgery but may need more and a skin graft
Tony was bitten by the spider while sleeping in bed
Tony was given an antihistamine and antibiotics but doctors called him back to hospital when they saw his blood test results

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