Swedish golfer treats herself for spider bite

Updated 15 February 2013
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Swedish golfer treats herself for spider bite

CANBERRA, Australia: Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist says she was bitten by a spider and used a tee to extract what she thought was potentially fatal venom before finishing her round during qualifying for the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Women’s Australian Open.
The Swedish Golf Federation reported on its website that Holmqvist was on the fourth hole at Royal Canberra when she felt a sharp pain on her ankle.
Holmqvist swatted the spider away and felt intense pain. She said people told her it was a black widow spider, so she used a golf tee to pierce the swelling and squeeze out the venom. The tournament said it was more likely a redback spider.
The University of Melbourne says 250 people are treated for redback bites each year. No deaths have been reported since the discovery of an antidote in 1955.


Meghan’s father sorry to have missed wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry

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Meghan’s father sorry to have missed wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry

  • Megan's father had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle when she wed Prince Harry
  • Thomas Markle told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he was sad to have missed the ceremony

LONDON: Thomas Markle, the father of Britain’s newest royal Meghan, has spoken of his regret that he wasn’t well enough to walk his daughter down the aisle as she married Prince Harry, but said he was pleased that Harry’s father Charles was able to step in.
Drama over whether Thomas Markle would attend threatened to overshadow Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
He had been due to take part in the ceremony, but after a flurry of sometimes contradictory statements to an American news website, he eventually stayed away, saying he needed heart surgery.
In the end, Meghan walked down the first part of the aisle alone, before she was joined by Charles, heir to the throne.
Thomas Markle told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he was sad to have missed the ceremony, but also proud of his daughter and grateful to Queen Elizabeth’s oldest son Charles for stepping in.
“Watching it was difficult for me, because I wasn’t there, but at the same time I’m watching my daughter being watched by the entire world. Everybody was watching my daughter. I couldn’t have been more proud,” he said.
“How could I have asked for a better replacement than Charles?... I just wish it had been my hand holding my daughter, not his. But he was wonderful to them.”