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Man fears he will lose his penis after waking up to find himself bitten by a black widow spider – World News

Fergus Farrelly, 26, said he woke up one morning to find a painful, marble-sized lump on his private part – the tumor was getting bigger and bigger.

Fergus said he woke up one morning to find a painful marble lump on his private part.
Fergus said he woke up one morning to find a painful marble lump on his private part.

A man says he has been hospitalized and fears he will lose his penis after being bitten by a black widow spider.

Fergus Farrelly, 26, says he woke up one morning to find a painful, marble-sized lump on his private part – a tumor that’s been growing.

Difficult and painful, the construction worker was taken to the hospital when the tumor began to turn dark purple.

It swelled to the size of a golf ball and Fergus, from Shercock in County Cavan, Ireland, was hospitalized for four days

He claims he was prescribed a cocktail of drugs after doctors detected the venom of a black widow spider in his blood tests.







Fergus, a construction worker, was taken to the hospital when the tumor began to turn dark purple
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However, he is now back on his feet – although he continues to have a 2-inch-long scar on his penis.

“When I woke up and saw this lump, I didn’t know what it was – but it got bigger and bigger as the days went by,” Fergus said.

“After three days, I arrived at A&E with a lot of pain – it felt like burning.

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

“I was hospitalized for days with all sorts of drooling after the massive tumor burst – that’s when I thought I was going to lose my penis completely.”

Fergus was staying at his mother’s house in Cavan, in Ulster, and when he woke up on January 7, he noticed a lump “the size of a marble” on his penis.

Confused, he initially dismissed it – but over the following days, the lump grew larger.

On the third day, his girlfriend Lyndsey Duffy, 21, urged him to visit A&E when the lump was the size of a golf ball and turned purple.

They rushed to A&E at Cavan General Hospital, where doctors insisted he needed to be seen by a specialist. He was quickly transferred to the larger Beaumont Hospital, in Dublin.

Fergus said he initially “didn’t know” what it was.

“The first time I went to the hospital, the doctors didn’t know either,” he said.

“It was a constant burning pain and the lump just kept getting bigger and bigger.”

Worse still, just hours after he arrived at A&E, the massive cyst had burst – leaving a giant hole where it had once been.







Fergus has claimed doctors discovered the venom of a black widow spider in his blood tests
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When the doctors were confused, he stayed at the hospital where he was given intravenous antibiotics because they were afraid of getting an infection.

“Doctors kept coming in and out to get swabs and blood samples,” Fergus said. “I was just lying there in bed – I couldn’t even walk or move because of the pain.”

But it wasn’t until a few days passed and Fergus’ blood results were returned that doctors finally figured out what had caused the mysterious tumor.

Fergus claims that his test samples contain venom from the black widow spider – a dangerous species of red and black spider found worldwide.

Although their venom is rarely fatal, a single bite can cause muscle spasms and pain so intense that it can be compared to appendicitis or a heart attack.

Fergus said doctors told him how lucky he was when it blew up while in hospital – and he may have been one of the unlucky few to be fatally bitten by a black widow.

He said: “I was told I would have died if it hadn’t been for the outbreak in the hospital because it could have been infected.

“They said the venom might have spread and poisoned my blood system.”

Fortunately, Fergus was treated quickly and bandaged to protect the wound. Hours after it broke, he recalled the pain easing.

Four days later, he was discharged – although he continued to have to take five pills a day for a month at home.

The construction worker had to take time off work due to the pain and healing, but returned to work this week.

“The pain didn’t go away until I got home for about a week,” he said. “I’m up and walking now but it could have been much worse.”

Reflecting on the terrifying and painful experience, Fergus admits that he feared the worst.

But looking back, he said, “I actually find it a bit funny because it’s unusual. But it’s also really scary – I don’t know what damage spiders can do.”

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

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