Three young Bolivian brothers were hospitalized after getting a black widow spider to bite them, thinking it would turn them into Spider-Man. They quickly realized that they weren’t going to get superhero powers.The three siblings, aged 12, 10 and eight, found the spider while herding goats in Chayanta. Thinking it would give them superhero powers, they prodded it with a stick until it bit each of them in turn.
Finding them crying, their mom rushed them to a nearby health center, which transferred them to a nearby hospital. Then they were transferred a third time, taken to the Children’s Hospital in La Paz the next day with fevers, tremors, and muscle pains. There, they were successfully treated and discharged last Wednesday, almost a week after they were bitten.