Australian returns home with spider under skin

accreditation
Spider in stomach
Spider in stomach
Dylan Maxwell, Facebook

An Australian man had a spider removed from his stomach after it burrowed its way into his body and survived for three days before being removed.

Dylan Maxwell was on holidays on the Indonesian island of Bali when the tiny creature burrowed through a small appendix scar and travelled up his torso, leaving a red scar-like trail from his navel to his chest.

Lifting his shirt, Maxwell told an Australian television network "that's where it actually burrowed underneath my skin".

Read: Insect bites – children

While still on Bali, Maxwell visited a local medical centre and was prescribed an antihistamine for an insect bite.

"Well after running tests and putting things inside my stomach they finally found out it was a tropical spider that's been living inside me for the last three days," Maxwell posted on his Facebook page where he goes by the name of Dylan Thomas.

"Haven't felt so violated in my life before! Just glad it's all over", he said.

After returning to Australia earlier this week, doctors removed the tropical visitor.

"They managed to pull the spider out of my navel and put it in a specimen jar and took it away," said Maxwell, whose mates have nicknamed him "Spiderman".

Read more:
One tick bite could give you a meat allergy
Snakebite
Small bite, big threat

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
29% - 9755 votes
No
71% - 24038 votes
Vote