A 20-year-old man has been stung more than 20,000 times by killer bees in the United States. Tuesday evening, Austin Bellamy remained under artificial respirator, in a voluntarily induced coma at the medical center of the university of Cincinnati, in Ohio, according to the local television channel Fox 19. He was “fighting for his life”, had specified his mother Shawna Carter on a fundraising page set up Monday to pay for his medical care.
On Friday morning, Austin Bellamy was pruning a lemon tree when he unknowingly cut down a nest of killer bees. These insects, also called Africanized bees, are known to be particularly aggressive. Austin Bellamy’s grandmother and uncle, who were nearby, witnessed the attack without being able to intervene, being swarmed by bees themselves, according to Fox 19.
“He was screaming, ‘Help! Help me ! Help!” and no one could help her,” her grandmother Phyllis Edwards said. “I was going to try to climb the ladder to reach Austin” but “I couldn’t reach it because I was surrounded by bees,” she said.
The young man was stung more than 20,000 times and ingested about 30 bees, said Shawna Carter. Caregivers had to “get bees out of him until Sunday morning,” she told Fox 19. Doctors believe Austin Bellamy will make a full recovery, according to the local outlet.