Woman Loses Breast After Toxic Spider Bite

by Rajshri on  May 24, 2010 at 11:35 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
A woman called Victoria Franklin has lost her breast after being bitten by a toxic brown recluse spider. Ms Franklin was bitten during the Easter weekend and by the time she called her sister for help, her breast had turned black and was emitting a foul smell.
 Woman Loses Breast After Toxic Spider Bite
Woman Loses Breast After Toxic Spider Bite

Valerie Dapaa, who took her sister to the hospital said that her sister's breast had also blown up in size, "They call it the smell of death. The doctors said they didn't know if they could save her. She was diabetic and her sugar was up to 700," she told ABC News

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle says that the brown recluse spider is found in 15 states in the US.

Franklin underwent emergency usrgery to remove her breast and was on a respirator for 11 days after she slipped into a diabetic coma. Currently she is recovering at Well Star Windy Hill Hospital in Marietta, Georgia.

Source: Medindia

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I don't think the insect in the photo is a brown recluse. It is not brown, and has thin spindly legs like a black widow spider, and it has a red patch on it's abdomen, also like a black widow spider, not to mention that it doesn't have the classic violin on it's upper body. So, i think you may have an inaccurate photo associated with
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adobe Monday, May 24, 2010
Thanks for your comment. We have changed that picture also.

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lingaraj_1976 Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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