Spider bite lands New Zealand pregnant mum in hospital for surgery and skin grafts: Renee Peck

How an innocuous insect bite left a pregnant mum in hospital for seven days needing two surgeries and a skin graft: ‘The bite was into a vein and into my bloodstream’

  • Pregnant mum undergoes two surgeries and may need more after insect bite
  • Renee Peck has spent the last week in hospital and will need a skin graft
  • NZ mum is raising awareness about dangers of insect bites after painful ordeal 

A suspected spider bite on the wrist has turned into a painful ordeal for a pregnant mum who has spent the last week in hospital.

New Zealand woman Renee Peck has already undergone two surgeries, has stitches running up the side of her arm and will require a skin graft.

She first spotted an innocuous small red mark on her right wrist while washing her hands last Monday before her arm swelled up and became more painful throughout the day.

New Zealand woman Renee Peck has already undergone two surgeries, has stitches running up the side of her arm and will require a skin graft (stock image)

New Zealand woman Renee Peck has already undergone two surgeries, has stitches running up the side of her arm and will require a skin graft (stock image)

Still bedridden in a Wellington hospital a week later, Ms Peck shared her harrowing ordeal to raise awareness about the danger of insect bites.

She’s relieved it wasn’t any of her children who were bitten and that it hasn’t harmed her unborn baby, which will be her fifth.

‘The bite was into a vein so has gone into my bloodstream, and I’m probably going to need more surgery,’ Ms Peck told Stuff.

‘I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be in here. Once the infection is all gone, they can start the skin graft with some skin from my leg.’

Ms Peck recalled seeing a spider on her bed before being bitten and suspects it could have been a white-tail spider as she’s previously been bitten by one.

‘I’m just concerned that people may not be aware of the danger posed by this sort of thing. The thought of this happening to a child, like my 4-year-old, it could be far worse,’ she told the publication.

Ms Peck, who is 21-weeks pregnant, has been told by doctors she will remain in hospital until the infection is cleared.

Ms Peck recalled seeing a spider on her bed before being bitten and suspects it could have been a white-tail spider as she's previously been bitten by one (stock image)

Ms Peck recalled seeing a spider on her bed before being bitten and suspects it could have been a white-tail spider as she’s previously been bitten by one (stock image) 

She was forced to delay her gender reveal scheduled for last Friday due to her stint in hospital.

Ms Peck said she had all the symptoms of a white-tail spider bite, including a red mark, local itchiness, swelling and pain.

However spider expert and Lincoln University entomology Cor Vink believed there was nothing scientifically her bite was from the species and was most likely a secondary skin infection.

‘When you’re bitten by a white-tail spider it hurts like hell. It would wake you up. It’s worse than a wasp sting, but it doesn’t last that long,’ he said.  

Renee Peck noticed a small red mark on her wrist before later driving herself to hospital after the mark became swollen and painful (stock image)

Renee Peck noticed a small red mark on her wrist before later driving herself to hospital after the mark became swollen and painful (stock image)

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