Stung By 2000 Bees? An 84-year-old Oro Valley man who was attacked by bees on Wednesday received close to 2,000 stings, according to Golder Ranch Fire District spokesman Capt. Will Seeley.
The hive had been growing in the shed behind the house. Something disturbed the bees, causing them to swarm and attack.
By the time emergency crews arrived, a neighbor had already pulled the man out into the street.
“They threw him in the back of the fire truck to at least shelter him, and there were still bees inside the truck as the ambulance crews got there to transport the patient,” said Battalion Chief Will Seeley with the Golder Ranch Fire District.
The victim is still in the hospital. Experts say he sustained nearly twice the lethal dose of bee venom.
“When there’s that much involvement of bee stings, you just don’t know how your body is going to react to it,” said Seeley.
On average, one person dies in Pima County each year from mass stings, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Earlier in the day, neighbors had noticed more bees in the area than usual.
“I went outside to do watering in the back yard and I was out there for probably about 10 minutes,” said Joseph Leininger. “All the sudden, I felt a sharp pain in my back.”
The hive has been exterminated and removed.