Rare Diseases

Man who had legs amputated after possible spider bite may lose arms

A man is facing the possibility of losing both arms and legs after being bitten by a spider in Australia

 

Doctors said a man who is facing possible amputation of both arms after losing his legs to flesh necrosis could have been bitten by a spider. Terry Pareja, who is from the Philippines and was visiting family in Australia, has been in a Melbourne Hospital since February, The Daily Telegraph reported.

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Pareja reportedly has no memory of being bitten by a white-tailed spider, but his brother-in-law told the news outlet that a toxicology report found a “possible spider bite.” His trouble started on Feb. 25 when his foot began swelling, but he couldn’t see a doctor until Feb. 27.

“He [could] hardly walk on Saturday and on Sunday [his leg] started to turn black,” Ray Ogleby, Pareja’s brother-in-law, told 3AW. “There’s no doctor service in Birchip on Saturday and Sunday so he waited until Monday.”

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He was sent to Horsham hospital where his right leg was amputated before he was transferred to Alfred Hospital in Melbourne to have his left leg removed, The Daily Telegraph reported.

A GoFundMe page started by his daughter, Jeffmarey Pareja, said his kidneys are failing and that doctors have not been able to eradicate the bacteria from his arms. A sister told a local news outlet that it could take up to 18 months before Pareja is released. The family is seeking $30,000 to help cover medical costs.