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Parents Noticed Mark On Daughter’s Leg - They Never Expected It Was From Deadly Spider

A little girl from Massachusetts was enjoying her summer and playing outside in her back yard. The recent kindergarten graduate didn't notice anything unusual until a dark bruise emerged on the back of her knee. When things got worse, her parents rushed her to the emergency room. It turns out she was bitten by a deadly black widow spider in her own back yard.

Five-year-old Kailyn Donovan says she was having fun playing, and never even felt the pinch of the spider's bite. Her parents didn't think that much of the purplish bruise - kids will be kids. But the mark started growing larger and larger, and Kailyn began to develop a fever.

Josh and Kristine Donovan brought Kailyn to the hospital, and doctors told them that the bruise was actually a spider bite. Kailyn was given antibiotics and sent home.

The Donovans gave their daughter the medicine prescribed for her, but it didn't seem to help. Kailyn had to be rushed back for medical attention. This time they drove her to a pediatric infectious-disease specialist. The specialist was able to clarify that it was, indeed, a spider bite - but not just any spider. Kailyn had been bitten by the black widow, the most venomous spider on the continent.

"She had a very distinctive bite, which was very scary for her parents and of course the doctors, too," the specialist said, noting that Kailyn had suffered some cell injury, which caused the blackish-purple mark to spread across the back of her knee.

Kailyn is, thankfully, recovering. The Donovans are warning other parents to be careful about what might be crawling around in the yard this summer.

Some 2,000 people are bitten every year by black widows. Though the spider has a reputation as being a killer, it's actually rare for people to die from a bite. Only a handful of deaths have been reported, but that doesn't mean the spider's bite can't do some hefty damage.

A black widow bite can cause severe muscle pains, cramps, fever and nausea. It may also cause paralysis. If someone is bitten by the bug, they should seek medical help and be treated with an anti-venom serum.

Black widow spiders are not that aggressive to humans. They don't generally seek to bite humans unless their web is disturbed. They get their name from their dark black color, and the fact that the female spiders cannibalize their mates after mating.

"She's happier now that we're not in the hospital. It doesn't seem to bother her. She looks at it, she doesn't think it's gross, so I try not to make a big deal out of it, to make her nervous or anything," said Kailyn's mother to CBS News.

Sometimes parents in America forget that even though they don't live in a dangerous wilderness, there could still be lurking some very dangerous creatures in the cities and suburbs. Keep an eye on young children when they're playing, and keep the yard clean to ensure no dangerous creatures are able to make a home there.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: WCVB Screenshot

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