Man suffers shocking injures after being stung 1200 times by angry swarm of bees | News.com.au (external - login to view)
AN AMERICAN stung 1200 times by a swarm of bees as he mowed his lawn has amazed doctors and family with his survival.
Lamar LaCaze, 65, was riding his tractor when he was suddenly set upon by the bees near his home in San Marcos, 270 kilometres, west of Houston, Texas, last month.
"The bees ... just flashed up in my face," he told the San Marcos Daily Record. "I couldn't stand up. They just keep [sic] buzzing me."
Mr LaCaze got off his tractor and tried to call his wife, but was unable to reach her.
He was not rescued until his son, Trey, arrived home and, having found his father slumped over a fence, called emergency services.
"He was not moving. When I went to pull him out he looked up. His head was black, solid bees. It looked like a bee hive on his head," Trey LaCaze said.
Doctors pulled more than 1200 stingers out of Mr LacCaze's body, and also pulled whole bees from his ears, nose, mouth and throat.
His family members believe that the bees were living in an old water heater near where Mr LaCaze was mowing, which had been disturbed.
His face was covered in black, bloody spots and his eyes darkened in the wake of the terrifying attack.
His body is still bruised and battered more than two weeks after the incident, which occurred on August 31.
His wife Lois said: "Anyone who can survive that many bee stings is Superman."
She said doctors had rushed to her husband's bedside when he was brought in to hospital, and that everyone was amazed at his recovery.
"We're just pleased he's with us - just happy he's alive," she said.
That certainly was pretty aggressive for bees to do that.