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I was afraid of losing my PENIS after being bitten by a black widow spider

A MAN was terrified of losing his limb after a BLACK WIDOW spider gnawed at him while he slept.

Fergus Farrelly said he woke up one morning with a painful lump on his penis – which just kept getting bigger and bigger.


Fergus didn’t go to hospital until the lump turned purple and swelled to the size of a golf ball1 credit

Fergus, 26, left the problem for three days before finally seeing a doctor when he started turning a deep purple color and swelled to the size of a GOLF BALL.

The construction worker, from Shercock in County Cavan, Ireland, said he was then hospitalized for four days, with doctors telling him they had never seen anything like his poor soldiers.

Fergus told how he was prescribed a cocktail of drugs after doctors at Beaumont Hospital spotted black widow spider venom in his blood.

The 26-year-old told how he feared losing his penis completely, terrified it would have to be amputated.

Fergus is now on the mend – although he sports a two-inch battle scar.

He said: “When I woke up and saw this lump I had no idea what it was – but it got bigger and bigger as the days passed.

“After three days, I went to A&E in so much pain – it felt like it was burning.

“I couldn’t believe it when they found black widow spider venom in my blood – I had never even heard of it before.

“I was in the hospital for days on all sorts of drips after the giant lump burst. That’s when I thought I would lose my penis completely.

“I’m cured now and I find it kind of funny – but also scary, I had no idea the damage spiders could do.”

Fergus was staying with his mother in Cavan, Ulster, and when he was bitten by the creature.

He added: “I was told I probably would have ended up dead if he hadn’t broken out in hospital because he probably would have been infected.

“They said the venom could have spread and poisoned my bloodstream.”

Four days later he was discharged – although he continued to have to take five pills a day.

A spokesperson for Beaumont Hospital said it could not comment on individual cases.

I was afraid of losing my PENIS after being bitten by a black widow spider


Fergus feared losing his penis1 credit


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