Spider makes home in stomach of Aussie tourist

By , on October 21, 2014

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SYDNEY – An Australian man on holiday in Bali, Indonesia returned home to find that he had a Balinese stowaway. A spider had burrowed through a small scar from an appendectomy and traveled up the man’s torso, leaving a raise red trail from his navel to his chest.

Dylan Maxwell had the spider – which was still alive – removed from his stomach by Australian doctors three days after he returned from Bali. While on the island, he was prescribed antihistamines for what doctors at a local medical centre thought was nothing more than 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. They managed to pull the spider out of my naval and put it in a specimen jar and took it away,” Maxwell recounted on his Facebook page.

Maxwell, who has been given the moniker “Spiderman” by some of his friends, added: “Haven’t felt so violated in my life before! Just glad it’s all over.”