Spider-bite man’s fund-raising concert
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.