Meet woman golfer Daniela Holmqvist, a Swedish rookie on the Ladies European Tour. She was on the fourth hole in a pre-qualifier for the Women's Australian
Open in Yarralumla, Australia, yesterday when she got bitten on the leg by a black widow. Holmqvist, 24, reportedly "swatted" the spider away and then nearly fell over in pain, as she'd just been bitten by a black widow spider. "I had just turned and felt it was very painful, not like being stung by a wasp," she told Svensk Golf, "rather like being stabbed by a knife." So then she decided to stab herself in the leg with a tee to get out the spider venom.
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."
If this isn't a scene in a movie I'm not sure what is. Stabbing yourself with a tee and getting venom out of your own leg?? Wow, this will possibly make me watch the Ladies European golf tour this summer. Ha, naw not really, but the story is too legit and I have to give Holmqvist mad respect for this move. Must be no better feeling in the world that saving your own life.
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