Harry Bolton Death, Obituary – The death of a teenage student in Hull is being investigated as possibly being caused by a bite from a spider. At the age of 19, Harry Bolton was a promising student at the University of Hull who was in his second year. He was discovered dead at his shared house in Chancellor’s Walk. At the inquest, it was revealed that Harry had started feeling ill just four days earlier, after he had been bitten by a spider.
A spider infestation was previously reported by other residents of the student housing complex on Cottingham Road.
During the hearing, it was revealed that on October 7, 2021, Harry’s housemate became aware that he had not received a response to the text message he had sent to Harry. That evening, upon his return home from work, he and another housemate went to Harry’s apartment and knocked on his door.
When they did not receive a response, they contacted the site security, who proceeded to break down his room door. After turning on the light, they discovered Harry lying on his back in his bed with his eyes and mouth open. He was breathing normally. His housemates and the member of the security team noticed that he was ice cold to the touch, and that his chest was not moving at all.
They placed calls to the police and emergency medical services. After determining that Harry was not breathing and that his heart was not beating, the paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene of the accident. They found a large gaping wound on Harry’s back that appeared to be infected while they were checking on him. On October 3, 2021, just four days earlier, Harry had reported to his friend that a spider had bitten him on his back, and he was not feeling well as a result of the bite.
A friend of his suggested that he check it out at the urgent care center or the emergency room. At 9:40 o’clock that evening, Harry presented himself at the Hull Royal Infirmary with a high temperature and a rapid heart rate. After taking a blood sample, there was nothing found that indicated a significant health risk. Blood tests for CRP showed a level of 54, which indicated that inflammation was present in the body.
However, Ben Rayer, an A&E consultant at Hull Royal Infirmary, testified before the court that the labs would not flag this issue as a matter of immediate risk because it was not something they would expect to see. On October 4, at one minute and one second after midnight, Harry made the decision to self-discharge. He reported to a member of the hospital staff that he would be going home to bed and that the following day he would go to a walk-in clinic by himself. The medical staff at the hospital had no reason to suspect that Harry was unable to discharge himself, and he subsequently went back to the student house he lived in.