Man survives after being stung thousands of times in bee attack
A 20-year-old man remained hospitalized a week after he was stung as many as 20,000 times shortly after disturbing a hive while doing tree work.
Austin Bellamy was reportedly helping a friend cut a lemon tree last Friday and cut right into a nest of what was believed to be so-called African killer bees.
WCPO TV reported that Bellamy had been placed into a medically-induced coma at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He has since woken from it but remains hospitalized.
A GoFundMe set up by his mother reported that he is still having breathing problems and his oxygen keeps dropping.
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Shawna Carter wrote, "He still can’t walk very well still very wobbly but a lot of the swelling has gone down a whole heck of a lot."
She said that her son ingested about 30 bees in the incident and hospital workers had to such them out of his airways.
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Carter says he had so many stingers in him after the attack that he felt like he was becoming a porcupine.
The fundraiser had netted more than $16,000 by Friday morning.