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Daniela Holmqvist survives black widow bite
By mustang6560 on 2/13/13
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During the ISPS Handa Australian Open pre-qualifier, Ladies European Tour rookie Daniela Holmqvist suffered an unusual fate — she was bitten by a black widow spider.
But after punching out of the rough on the fourth hole of the Royal Canberra Golf Club in Tuesday's competition, she felt a sharp stab in her ankle. When she looked down, she saw a large, furry, black creature with a red spot on its back just above her sock line. After quickly swatting it away, she doubled over in pain.

"When I told the local caddies in my group what had happened, they got very upset and said it was a Black Widow, and immediately started looking for their phones to call the medics," Holmqvist told Karin Klarstrom of Svensk Golf.

As Holmqvist's leg started to swell and the pain became intense, she made the quick decision to take matters into her own hands (she'd just been informed that a Black Widow bite can kill a child in as little as 30 minutes). She pulled a tee out of her pocket ("it was the only thing I had handy," she told Svensk Golf) and used it to cut open the wound so she could squeeze out the venom and keep it from spreading inside her body.

"A clear fluid came out," she said. "It wasn't the prettiest thing I've ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible."
Not only did Daniela have the wherewithal to remove the venom herself, she also had the guts to finish her round. Unfortunately, her 74 wasn't good enough to earn a spot in the tournament.


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