Australian returns home from holiday with spider in stomach

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 16, 2014 8:15 PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man had a spider removed from his stomach after it burrowed its way into his body and survived for three days before being removed.

Dylan Thomas was on holidays on the Indonesian island of Bali when the tiny creature borrowed through a small appendix scar and traveled up his torso, leaving an red scar-like trail from his navel to his chest.

Lifting his shirt, Thomas told an Australian television network "that's where it actually borrowed underneath my skin".

While still in Bali, Thomas visited a local medical center and was prescribed an antihistamine for 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," Thomas posted on his Facebook page. "Haven't felt so violated in my life before! Just glad it's all over".

After returning to Australia earlier this week, doctors removed the tropical visitor.

"They managed to pull the spider out of my naval and put it in a specimen jar and took it away," said Thomas, whose mates have nicknamed him "Spiderman".

(Reporting by Pauline Askin; Editing by Michael Perry)