MacGyver has nothing on Daniela Holmqvist, a rookie Swedish golfer who used a tee as a scalpel to get venom out of her leg after she was bit by a Black Widow spider.
Holmqvist, a 24-year old rookie on the Ladies European Tour, was trying to qualify for an LPGA event in Australia when she felt a sharp, stabbing pain by her ankle. She then saw a spider crawl down her leg and away from her.
“When I told the local caddies in my group what had happened, they got very upset and said it was a Black Widow, and immediately started looking for their phones to call the medics," the Cal graduate told Svensk Golf, as translated by Golf Digest.
Holmqvist said she then felt immense pain in her leg, which began to swell. Making matters worse, one of the caddies told her that venom from a Black Widow spider bite can kill a small child in 30 minutes.
That’s when the rookie Swedish golfer went into action. She pulled a tee out of her pocket to break through the skin around the bite. The Black Widow’s venom then oozed out of the wound.
“A clear fluid came out," Holmqvist said. "It wasn't the prettiest thing I've ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible."
After finishing MacGyver-like surgery, Holmqvist didn’t call it quits from the tournament. She chose to continue her round, shooting an impressive 74, but failed to qualify for the LPGA event.
"It still hurts," she told Svensk Golf. “"I don't recommend getting bitten by a Black Widow."
The golfer, who turned pro in October 2012, is still getting treatment for the Black Widow spider bite.
“So I went to see a doctor.. On a double dose of antibiotics and some other stuff 4 times per day. Also the wound needed some attention,” Holmqvist wrote on her Twitter account, where she has about 700 followers.
Women’s golfer Milena Savich praised Holmqvist for continuing with the round.
Holmqvist responded, joking, “haha thanks, badass was what I was going for.”
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