Spi­der-bite man’s fund-rais­ing con­cert

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS -

A MU­SI­CIAN who ended up fight­ing for his life after be­ing bit­ten by a spi­der dur­ing a hol­i­day in the US has or­gan­ised a fund-rais­ing con­cert to thank the hos­pi­tal that saved him.

Mark Robin­son, 58, was bit­ten by what he be­lieves was a taran­tula in Aspen, Colorado, in 2017. The fa­ther of two said: “I was sat hav­ing lunch out­side un­der a tree. All of a sud­den I felt some­thing crawl­ing on my neck, so I reached across with my hand. What­ever it was it filled my whole hand. I yanked it off and that’s when it bit me. ”

When he re­turned home in De­cem­ber last year, he fell ill be­liev­ing it was just flu. But the Royal Derby Hos­pi­tal di­ag­nosed vas­culi­tis, a rare au­toim­mune dis­ease that causes the im­mune sys­tem to at­tack healthy cells by mis­take. He has been re­ceiv­ing chemo­ther­apy ever since.

Mark, of March­ing­ton, a long­time gui­tarist, per­forms tonight at Doveridge Vil­lage Hall at 7.30pm. Tick­ets cost £8 on the door.

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