Skip to comments.Paraplegic Man Suffers Spider Bite, Walks Again
Posted on 03/13/2009 5:25:56 AM PDT by LibWhacker
He's been confined to a wheelchair for 20 years. Now a paraplegic man is walking again. And his doctors call it a miracle. CBS13 went to Manteca to find out how a spider bite helped get him back on his feet.
"I closed my eyes and then I was spinning like a flying saucer," explains David Blancarte.
A motorcycle accident almost killed David 21 years ago. At the time he might have wished he was dead.
"I asked my doctor, "sir what happened?' I can't feel my legs," said David.
Ever since, David's been relying on his wheelchair to get around. Then the spider bite. A Brown Recluse sent him to the hospital, then to rehab for eight months.
"I'm here for a spider bite. I didn't know I would end up walking," says David.
A nurse noticed David's leg spasm and ran a test on him.
"When they zapped my legs, I felt the current, I was like whoa and I yelled," he says.
He felt the current and the rush of a renewed sense of hope.
"She says,'your nerves are alive. They're just asleep," explained David.
Five days later David was walking.
"I was walking on the bar back and forth," he said.
Now David is out of the hospital and on his feet and walking.
David basks in his glory and gives a ray of hope to other hoping to walk again. The 48-year-old former boxer and dancer are taking it in stride, knowing his best days are still ahead.
David's dream is to see his 14-year-old twin daughters grow up and get married so he can walk them down the aisle and have that first dance.
My spidey-sense is tingling
Now he must choose if he will use these new powers for good or for evil.
Apparently, the spider injected him with embryonic stem cells. I can think of no other possible cure.
With great power comes great responsibility.
so soon? and the bill was just signed yesterday.
All because of 000!
It is hard to tell from this story whether the spider bite had anything to do with his recovery...other than, maybe, the “spasm”.
“Now he must choose if he will use these new powers for good or for evil.”
Billy Ray Valentine did OK
IIRC, spider venom is a nerve toxin, meant to paralyze the prey so the spider can eat it at its leisure. So it wouldn’t be completely unlikely that the spider venom had some effect on this man’s nervous system.
Is this kind of like the lady who got stung by bees and her arthritis went away?
It’s the ancient French martial art of Dance Boxing.
The thirty second rounds following by rhythmic white flag waving.
About the only good result I ever heard of out of a Brown Recluse bite.
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