Spider Bite on Plane Bursts Man’s Leg Wide Open (Graphic)


*Can you say DA-YUM!? Imagine sitting on a plane, finally going on that trip of a lifetime. Sippin’ on your favorite cocktail even though its only 11:30 in the morning, but who cares because you’re in vacay mode. 

Then POW!

What the heck was that? You look down just in time to see a spider (pictured above) getting the heck outta dodge.

This was the alleged experience of attorney Jonathon Hogg, who said he felt a “small, sharp pain” while he was in flight from Doha to South Africa on Qatar Airways .

Doctors told him that he could have lost his leg because of the flesh-eating brown recluse spider.

Now he is suing the airline.

Hogg, 40, an active and adventurous man had taken five months off work to take this trip of a lifetime. He had previously worked at an orangutan sanctuary in Borneo and was on his way to South Africa to  dive with sharks.

He said: “I was struggling to get comfortable during the journey and crossed my legs to get into a better position when I felt a small, sharp pain radiating in my left leg.

“I turned on the light and clearly saw a spider running across the floor before hearing two stewardesses screaming ‘Spider’, but I wasn’t sure if I had been bitten as it really wasn’t very painful.”

After his leg swelled, he took a few painkillers. But the next day his leg had turned black and colleagues told him it looked like a spider bite and suggested he get immediate medical attention.

Jonathan Hogg says he was bitten by recluse spider (R)
Jonathan Hogg says he was bitten by recluse spider (R)

He was rushed into surgery and doctors cut away a large part of his leg where the venom had eaten the flesh, but what was left “resembled something from a horror film.”

See graphic image of Hogg’s leg here.

Fast forward to one month later (yes, he spent an entire month in a South African hospital), where he had three operations and a skin graft.

Now, three months later, he is still receiving medical treatment.

Read more here.






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