Spider bite led to leg being amputated, woman says

Story highlights

  • Brown recluse spiders are common throughout the central and Midwestern United States
  • Experts say the bites typically heal after being cleaned and monitored by a doctor

(CNN)A mother of three in West Memphis, Arkansas, says a spider bite ended up costing her a leg.

"I was seeing my little cousins off to prom and their dad was like, 'Why are you limping? What's going on?' " Kiara Boulton told CNN affiliate WREG. "So I showed him my foot and said 'I think I got bit by a spider.' And he's like, 'Well what kind do you think it is?' And I said, 'a brown recluse.' "
A diabetic since she was 10 years old, Boulton went to the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was inst