Mother Sends Warning About Daughter's Strange Bruise
Cailyn Finkel 6/14/2017
Playing in the great outdoors is something every child should be able to do worry-free. Unfortunately for Kailyn Donovan, a simple romp her backyard turned dangerous quickly.
When the 5-year-old came inside after hours of playing her backyard, Kailyn's mother Kristine noticed a small mark on the back of leg. At first she thought it was a normal bug bite - little did she know that simple bite was actually something much more serious.
Kristine sent Kailyn off to school the following day, just as she had done countless times before. But when she received a call from the school's nurse stating her daughter had a fever and wasn't feeling well, an alarm bell rang in her head.
As soon as she picked Kailyn up from school, Kristine took her to the pediatrician just to be safe. The doctor took one look at the growing "bruise" on Kailyn's leg, diagnosed it as a spider bite and sent her off with a prescription for antibiotics.
Unfortunately, the antibiotics didn't have an effect and Kailyn's condition worsened. The once-small bruise was growing in size and turning black - it was clear this was not a regular spider bite!
Worried, Kristine rushed her daughter to the hospital for a second opinion.
That's when doctors informed Kristine that her daughter actually suffered a black widow bite. They immediately began a heavy dose of antibiotics and ordered the wound to be cleaned several times a day. Doctors didn't want to risk Kailyn suffering from a secondary infection.
After returning home from the hospital, Kristine told CBS Boston that Kailyn had no idea exactly when or where the bite took place.
"She never felt it bite her. It could have been in her jeans in the location where it bit her, we just don't know."
As the days passed, Kailyn's bite healed and the color returned to her leg.