When an Oregon teen in a wheelchair was faced with a “massive” venomous spider and no one was home to come to her rescue, she felt she had no choice but to call the cops.
Makenna Sewell, 17, of Forest Grove, Ore., was going to get a glass of water when she spotted a large spider on the back of the living room couch, according to her mother, Shawnda Sewell. She then froze and stared at it for several minutes.
“We do live outside of town so we do see spiders all the time,” Sewell said. “[But] it was in fact the largest spider I had ever seen alive.”
Makenna has muscular dystrophy and is wheelchair-bound. On Aug. 16, Shawnda Sewell said her daughter was home alone when she saw what is believed to be a brown recluse spider, which has a venomous bite. The creature was about three inches across, she said.
Makenna “is very independent and very articulate,” Sewell said. “Her disability doesn’t stand in her way at all, except physically.”
Just a few days prior, Shawnda Sewell herself had been bitten by a spider on the back of her leg during the night, which resulted in a nasty wound and a trip to the emergency room. Since Makenna has a compromised immune system, Sewell said, a bite from a brown recluse could have been deadly.
Makenna “knew if she hit the spider at all, it would fall to the ground,” she said. “She knew if it got loose in the house there would be no way she would be able to sleep.”
After calling, but being unable to reach, her mother, her father, the friends her parents were with, her own friends and two neighbors, Makenna decided to call the non-emergency police hotline as a last resort.