Mum’s head swells like balloon and eyes ‘turn to jelly’ after she wakes up to find ‘false widow’ spider biting her in bed

Mum’s head swells like balloon and eyes ‘turn to jelly’ after she wakes up to find ‘false widow’ spider biting her in bed

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A MUM’S head swelled like a balloon while her eyes ‘turned to jelly’ after being bitten by a ‘false widow’ spider in the night.

Natalie Pumfrey, 32, was nipped by the critter on August 29 – and woke up with a puffy face and blurred vision.

Natalie Pumfrey, 32, was nipped by the critter on August 29
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The mum-of-two told how she rushed to hospital when the whites of her eyes turned to JELLY
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The mum-of-two told how she rushed to hospital when the whites of her eyes turned to JELLY after the bite.

Natalie, of Basildon, Essex, said: “I felt it on my face and pinched and threw it across the room.

“This is about at 4am. I woke up at 6am with my daughter and I got out of bed. I couldn’t see out of my eyes so I wondered if I had conjunctivitis.

“My husband looked at me and said, ‘Oh my God, look in the mirror’. I had huge, glazed eyes with all the white bits looking like jelly. I said, ‘I can’t see out of them’.”

Husband Wayne Pumfrey, 45, meticulously cleaned their bedroom and boiled their sheets before Natalie came home from A&E – but she still refuses to sleep with the window open for fear of other spiders getting in.


She added: “A lady at the hospital said it could be a false widow spider. They’re not massive. They’re maybe the size of a £2 coin.

“I grabbed it in my sleep, got my camera phone out and it was on the floor but we only found half a body and four legs.

“I had a 10-week old baby in the room. Thankfully it didn’t bite my daughter. She was in the cot and my two-year-old was asleep in our room too.”


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