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Man suffers 20,000 bee stings in horror attack

By T.K. Randall
September 1, 2022 · Comment icon 6 comments

Bees can be very dangerous when riled up in large numbers. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Hola Mundo
The unfortunate man had been trimming tree branches when he inadvertently disturbed a large nest full of bees.
20-year-old Ohio resident Austin Bellamy had been up a lemon tree trimming branches last Friday when he accidentally cut into a bee's nest.

Within seconds, a huge swarm of bees was all over him - stinging him repeatedly.

His uncle and grandmother, who were watching from below, could do nothing to assist as they, too, came under attack from the insects.

"I was going to try and climb the ladder to get to Austin... I seen how high he was... but I couldn't get to him because I was surrounded in bees," his grandmother said.

"He was hollering, 'Help! Help me! Help!' And nobody would help him."
Eventually an emergency medical helicopter crew was able to get to him and take him to safety, however he had been stung an estimated 20,000 times and was in a very bad way.

To save his life, doctors took the decision to place him in a medically-induced coma.

To make matters worse, he had ingested as many as 30 of the insects.

"So he had bees inside of him, and they suctioned bees out of him until Sunday morning," his mother told reporters.

Fortunately, however, Bellamy has since woken up from his coma and doctors believe that he should go on to make a full recovery.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
And, did he survive the attack?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
The story said he did.   My brother in law just lost two dogs from a bee attack.   They were africanized bees that swarmed in a tree.  The farm guys who work for him are used to the swarms in the spring, they cut the limb from the tree they are swarmed in put them in a bee box and leave them alone until the next day when they then check the hive and move it to the area of the other hives.  No problems until this year.  The bees went in the box but in the morning when they opened it the swarm attacked them, they ran and as they ran past the dog pen the dogs barked and jumped up and down. ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by Robin_Shadowes 2 years ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hammerclaw 2 years ago
That's what I call a buzzkill.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
After the first couple hundreds... probably the pain was not worse beside panicking !

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