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Spider bite victim threatened to amputate his own leg with chainsaw

Ksenia Novikova
May 13, 2018
05:24 A.M.

Before the operation, Andy Perry thought of cutting off his own leg with a chainsaw because of severe pain.

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As reported by Metro, the 46-year-old was bitten by a false widow spider and he had to have his leg amputated.

Perry is said to be the first British to lose a leg from a spider bite.

The incident happened when the former landscaper carried out a fencing job in Thorpe Astley, Leicestershire. Within 48 hours, he fell sick with severe back pain

Suffering from sepsis and kidney failure, he was immediately taken to a hospital.

He was confined at Leicester Royal Infirmary for a week and was placed on a IV drip. He was also required emergency care.

Perry's skin was falling off over the next few weeks due to lymphedema, a painful and debilitating swelling of the leg.

He opted for an elective amputation above his right knee after several appointments with specialists. The operation took place in March.

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Perry now has to use a wheelchair and requires regular treatment. The saddest part is, he can't even work or play with his children.

He lives with his wife Christine, who is a police officer, in Huncote.

"I was doing a quote for a job in 2015 and I was coming home at lunchtime to look after the kids because my wife was on shift. But within a couple of hours I started feeling really poorly," Metro quoted Perry as saying.

He added: "I rang the missus to see if she could come home but she couldn’t and the next I know I got a massive ache in the small of my back. I went to bed when she got back, pretty much for the whole weekend and I was throwing up."

The phlebotomist saw two puncture marks on Perry’s ankle and the experts blamed the false widow spider after the blood tests.

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