Brit dad nearly loses finger after being bitten by False Widow spider in caravan

A Brit dad-of-two's finger swelled up so much after a deadly spider bite that he couldn't get his wedding ring off.

Adam Roberts was told by surgeons that there was a 90% chance he would lose the infected finger after the bite from a false widow spider – a close relative of the deadly black widow.

The 37-year-old was sound asleep in a caravan in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire when the arachnid bit him.

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He awoke to find his finger had ballooned in size, but he decided to ignore the pain and travel back home to Poole, Dorset, after a quick visit to an emergency treatment centre.

When at home he realised the swelling had spread to his elbow and he was taken to hospital, only then realising the severity of his situation.

His finger was so severely infected by its toxic venom that he was told there was a 90% chance he would have it amputated.

Surgeons operated for four hours to drain the puss and cut out the dead flesh.

Mr Roberts, a mortgage advisor, spent five days recovering before he was discharged.

He was told the wound will take six weeks to heal and that he will need two months of physiotherapy to move it again.

Doctors warned him that he may never be able to feel with the finger again.

"We went to A&E and I was shocked to hear how serious it was. The surgeon looked at it and said I needed to go in for surgery immediately.

"They warned me that if the infection had gone into my bone they would have to remove the finger," he said.

On Wednesday doctors opened up his finger to drain the puss out, before a second surgery on Friday.

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He added: "I was typically trying to brush it all off and it dawned on me how serious it was, I was relieved they saved my finger. I still can't believe it.

"I'm just glad it happened to me and not one of my young children.

"My seven-year-old son has now got a huge fear of spiders, so we've been trying to explain it was extremely rare."

False widows are the most venomous spiders in the UK.


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