Gemma Hunter was left in agony after a false widow, the UK’s most poisonous spider, sank its fangs into her twice.
The bite created a one inch deep hole which then became infected with cellulitis – a disease linked to meningitis.
Ms Hunter was at the bedside of her sick son in Blackburn Royal Hospital, Lancs, when she was bitten.
Gemma Hunter was bitten by a false widow spider while at the bedside of her sick son in hospital
Now, eight months later, the 41-year-old from nearby Rossendale is still in agony.
It has affected my whole life. The experience has been intense and it’s not over
She has already been forced to quit her job as a lollipop lady and is now considering asking medics to amputate her “zombie foot” so she can get “her life back”.
The false widow, a relative of the deadly black widow, is the only venomous spider native to England.
Ms Hunter said: “It has affected my whole life. The experience has been intense and it’s not over. I was looking forward to progressing with things but it has been a nightmare.
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Gemma Hunter was bitten while visiting her son in Blackburn Royal Hospital
“The cellulitis keeps threatening to come back. If I aggravate it, my foot keeps swelling.
“A doctor said sometimes those with severe cellulitis have to have an amputation. If it carries on then I might consider getting the leg from the ankle down taken off.” She said she had opened the window of his hospital room to let some air in.
Gemma is now considering asking medics to amputate her 'zombie foot' so she can get 'her life back'
Gemma was bitten by the false widow spider twice in her foot creating a one inch deep hole
“Then I fell asleep. I woke up and saw the spider on top of my foot. It bit me twice in a vein.”
The hospital did not respond to a request for comment.