Mullumbimby man Jayden Burleigh died after being bitten by a Redback Spider on the Northern Rivers.
Mullumbimby man Jayden Burleigh died after being bitten by a Redback Spider on the Northern Rivers.

More than $12k donated to family of man killed by spider

UPDATE:  MORE than $12,000 has been donated to the family of Mullumbimby man Jayden Burleigh who died after being bitten by a redback spider.

The figure is a culmination of more than 160 individual donations in just three days,

But there's still a long way to go to reach the $50,000 goal.

The founder of the crowfunding page said the donations would go a long way to support the family who are stricken with grief after losing two sons in less than a year.

 

ORIGINAL: MULLUMBIMBY man Jayden Burleigh has died days after being bitten by a Redback Spider while bushwalking in the Northern Rivers last week.   

If a cause of death investigation reveals the 22-year-old died as a result of a Redback Spider, it will be the first fatality since Redback antivenom was introduced 60 years ago.  

Jayden's death comes just eight months after his younger brother Lachlan Burleigh died in a triple fatal car crash in the Blue Mountains just weeks before his 18th birthday.  

A Jayden Burleigh Tribute Fund has been set up on crowfunding website GoFundMe to help support the family  through what has been described as a period of "crippling grief".  

"The Burleigh/Turner families are crippled with grief after the loss of Jayden Burleigh on the 9th April this month," the page says.  

"This follows the loss of our beloved Lachie Burleigh in August last year. If you would like to help our family during this extremely difficult time the smallest donation will make the world of difference."  

Jayden's parents Deborah and Mike Burleigh from Sydney's northern beaches told Fairfax media the exact cause of Jayden's death would not be known for several weeks.  

  "What we do know is that only a week ago he was in hospital, recovering from an infection due to a redback spider bite," Mrs Burleigh said.  

"He had a general anaesthetic to drain a severe abscess at Nambour Hospital and was there for four days. He had also just recovered from injuries sustained in a car accident a few weeks prior."  

Jayden was reportedly released from hospital on Thursday and prescribed antibiotics but died on Saturday..  

The Northern Star contacted Nambour Hospital in south-east Queensland, for comment, however a spokesperson for Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service said "due to patient confidentiality legislation we are unable to provide comment on a patient and/or their medical history without their written consent."  

According to the Australian Museum, about 2000 people are bitten by Redback Spiders each year with 250 cases receiving antivenom.   

There have been no deaths in Australia from a confirmed spider bite since 1979, and none from a Redback Spider since the antivenom was introduced in 1956.  

Since Redbacks rarely leave their webs, it's unusual to get bitten unless a body part comes into direct contact with a web, and even then, due to their small size, many bites are ineffective.  

If bitten, the venom acts directly on nerves, depleting neurotransmitters and causing severe pain, sweating, muscular weakness, nausea and vomiting.   

To donate to the Jayden Burleigh Tribute Fund, go to www.gofundme.com/96ym7rc4.  



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