Face of Australia's funnel-web plague: Arachnophobic mother suffers heart attack after deadly spider crept into her BED and bit her all over her body in terrifying 3am attack

As she lay down in bed after a festive Christmas Day, little did Fiona Donagh know she would soon be fighting for her life.

The 51-year-old, from the Southern Highlands, New South Wales, was suddenly woken at 3am on Boxing Day by something crawling all over her body and up her right leg.

Keen to go back to sleep, Fiona shook her legs and arms when she felt an intense jellyfish-like stinging sensation to her body.

She had just been bitten by a two-inch wide male funnel web spider - six times more toxic than a female - and one of the world’s most deadly spiders with a bite that can kill in just 15 minutes.