A woman was bitten several times by a deadly funnel web spider as it crawled across her while she lay in bed.
She said the male arachnid woke her at 3am on December 27 as it crept up her leg before biting her on the arm and torso before she could get away.
The woman, from Bundanoon in rural NSW southwest of Sydney, called a medical helpline but it was an hour before she got the first two vials of antivenom.
Her condition did not improve after another two doses and she was rushed to Liverpool Hospital in Sydney.
After several days in the intensive care unit she was released but will need further tests to see if the venom caused any long-term organ damage.
‘From the ambos who first treated me at home to the incredibly kind doctors and nurses at Liverpool Hospital, I’m so grateful for everyone’s help,’ she told the Southern Highland News.
‘I’m truly surprised to be around to say that!’
Two other people were treated at the local Bowral District Hospital in the past year, in December 2015 and 2016 when males are on the prowl for mates.
Symptoms of a bite include sharp pain at the site of the bite, profuse sweating, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Originally published as
Deadly funnel web spider crawled across a woman as she slept and repeatedly bit her in terrifying 3am attack