*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.
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.
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.