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Arkansas woman says spider bite led to leg amputation

Arkansas woman says spider bite led to leg amputation


by Scott Carroll

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — An Arkansas woman says her leg had to be amputated after she was bitten by a brown recluse spider, Channel 7 content partner WREG News Channel 3 reported.

Kiara Boulton of West Memphis told the TV station that she noticed a bump on her foot as she was getting out of the shower in her apartment. Three days later, one of her toes had turned black.

Boulton said doctors initially prescribed medicine for the bite, but an infection spread and she had to have her leg amputated above the knee. She's reportedly had seven surgeries since being bitten.

"I don't want to be on pain meds for the rest of my life," Boulton said.

News Channel 3 reported that Boulton has been catching spiders in her apartment and keeping them in a jar, but the pest control effort hasn't helped. The property manager had not responded to the station's request for comment.

Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis, where Boulton said she first sought treatment for the spider bite, said it could not comment on her case because of medical privacy laws.

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