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The schoolgirl left terrified of her home after spider infestation

Abbie has since been discharged from hospital and is now recovering. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An 8 year old girl has been left terrified of her own home in Colchester after she was bitten by a spider and ended up in hospital.

Abbie Kinnaird had a hole the size of a 10 pence piece in her hand following the spider bite - she had to undergo surgery to remove the infection.

After the bite the infection spread

It's believed to have been a brown recluse spider whose bite can be fatal. Within a few days the bite turned black and left a hole the size of a 10 pence piece in her hand. Abbie was taken to Broomfield hospital in Chelmsford where she needed surgery and was on a drip for 4 days.

The family had to move out of their rented home in Colchester when a suspected infestation of false widow and brown recluse spiders was discovered by a pest control company.

However experts dispute that the spider bite was from a brown recluse spider because their species is only found in America. Instead they believe it may have been a daddy long legs spider which can be confused with the brown recluse.