3-year-old Tenn. girl dies after spider bite

LAFAYETTE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Macon County family is mourning the loss of a 3-year-old girl who died less than a day after being bitten by a brown recluse spider.

Pam White said her great granddaughter, Kaylee Davis, was bitten on her chest by the spider on Tuesday evening.

The girl was taken to the Lafayette Hospital, but was allowed to return home that night.

White told WTVF-TV in Nashville that her condition got worse and that she had a 104-degree fever and was vomiting.

The next morning, she was taken to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville where she was given a blood transfusion. She died at the hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.


Information from: WTVF-TV, http://www.newschannel5.com

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  • by roxann Location: greenbrier on Oct 1, 2010 at 04:02 AM
    @Jay: they actually had the spider with them at the hospital when they took her. They knew what it was......... I saw this story on the news and I cried. I have a 3 year old daughter of my own, and we have those spiders in abundance around here. It's a scary thought that this could happen to her. Matter of fact, I'm sitting awake sleepless right now observing her. She was bitten by something earlier and we don't know what it was. The doc I called said to watch for fever and such. So far, she seems perfectly normal. Keeping my fingers crossed...
  • by Doris Location: Greeneville, Tn on Sep 3, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    I was bitten by a brown recluse on my little toe. For days it was very swollen and very red, I packed my toe in ice to relieve the pain. It worked and eventually looked normal, however, the skin peels occasionally and it seems numb at times. This winter will tell me what else will be. I never would kill a spider just move to another area, now needless to say I squash everyone I see. Prayers to this family, this angel is in Gods hands.
  • by Jay Location: White Pine on Sep 2, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    DoctB wrote: Every single ER throughout the region gets several patients every day who might have a brown recluse bite. There's really no good way to know; the best you can do is witness the bite and then bring the spider. Usually, nothing bad happens after these bites. So, one option would be to hospitalize hundreds of patients a day who turn out to have nothing wrong with them. This would amount to tens of thousands of needless admissions. "But wait," you might say, "isn't that worth it to save one life?" Well, that's a good question. It prompts several more good questions. The first is: Will hospital admission lead to good treatments for brown recluse bites? The answer here is unfortunately: not really. As several posters have pointed out, there is no treatment for a brown recluse bite. Antibiotics are only helpful if there is already an infection established in the bite. This is surprisingly hard to tell. Which means that most people who get them won't get any benefifrom them, and may suffer side effects from the antibiotics themselves. Life threatening side effects of antibiotics are unfortunately more common than death from recluse bite. And those antibiotics do nothing for the underlying bite wound / spider toxin. For which there is no specific therapy available anywhere in the world. So, a better option with the large number of "maybe" bites is this: watch the patient and wait. If they seem sick, provide supportive treatments (like simple IV fluids. If their blood cells are beginning to break down, give transfusions. And pray. Sadly, we can still care about many problems but remain powerless to fix or change them. For more info on brown recluse bites, you might want to read this link: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/spider_bite_brown_recluse_spider_bite/article_em.htm Our hearts and prayers go out to this unknown family.


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