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Boy from Central Coast given most antivenene in history after funnel-web bite

Matthew Mitchell, 10, is one lucky boy! He received 12 VIALS of antivenene – the most administered to any survivor in Australian history.

By Lorna Gray
The Daily Telegraph reports 10-year-old Mathew Mitchell will go down in the record books after surviving a funnel-web bite and receiving 12 vials of antivenene – the most in Aussie history!
Matthew was helping his dad Darren clean up the back shed in their Berkeley Vale property after a weekend of racing motorbikes when the deadly spider bit his finger.
“It sort of clawed onto me and all the legs and everything crawled around my finger and I couldn’t get it off,” Matthew told The Daily Telegraph.
Matthew was rushed to Gosford Hospital where he received 12 vials of antivenene – the most administered to any survivor in living memory.
The spider was taken to the Australian Reptile Park.
General manager Tim Faulkner said Matthew was “as lucky as they get”.
Indeed!