An Atlanta musician nearly lost his leg and his life after he was bit by a brown recluse spider, the New York Post reported Thursday.
Music artist Gabe Lustman said he first noticed the bite around Aug. 18 but was able to perform at a gala the following day, according to the Post. Lustman told the outlet that he wasn’t sure when or where the poisonous spider bit him, and that he first thought it was “a mosquito bite or something.”
“I start scratching it and scratching it and then it starts turning colors,” the 30-year-old said in a phone interview. “I thought I bumped my leg because it kind of looked like a bulls-eye, it looked like a bruise.”
However, the bite’s condition progressively worsened, and eventually, he needed to go straight from a performance to the hospital, the Post reported.
“I waited until I could not walk anymore, I was hobbling,” Lustman told the outlet. “I couldn’t put any pressure on my leg.”
Lustman remained in the hospital for five days after doctors determined his leg was infected by a brown recluse spider bite, Fox5 Atlanta reported. (RELATED: FACT CHECK: Do These Images Show A Spider Whose Venom Will Kill A Human In 5 Minutes?)
I hate to be making this post right now with all my heart and I’m so upset 💔😭 but I will be pushing the release of my album “HARD 2 LOVE” back until further notice. I was bitten by a poisonous spider and it’s lead to me being admitted to treat an infection that started in my… pic.twitter.com/vpKbyPnqkn
— Gabe Lustman (@GABE_Lustman) August 21, 2023
“It was nasty, it didn’t look good,” Lustman told Fox5.
Doctors reportedly told the artist that if he sought medical help any later, he could have lost his leg and maybe his life.
“I mean, I’m not cutting my leg off,” Lustman defiantly told Fox5. “You’re not gonna’ get this leg.”
The Georgia Poison Center’s Managing Director said that it receives 40 to 50 reports of suspected brown recluse bites a year, Fox 5 reported.
“I was really scared, man,” Lustman told the Post. “I’m very blessed and grateful I made it out with my leg.”