A young man from the US state of Ohio is on life support after being stung by bees thousands of times, according to his family and local media.
Austin Bellamy, 20, was in an induced coma on Tuesday night after accidentally cutting into a beehive while working trees for a friend, local news outlet Fox 19 reported.
Bellamy “is currently in the hospital on a ventilator,” his mother Shawna Carter said on an online fundraising page she started to pay for his medical bills.
Bellamy was cutting branches of lemon trees on Friday when he inadvertently cut a hive of African killer bees and was stung more than 20,000 times, according to Carter’s fundraising statement.
“When he started to cut them (the branches), that’s when the bees came out, and he tried to anchor himself, and he couldn’t,” the grandma said. Bellamy’s mother, Phyllis Edwards, to Fox 19. “He was screaming, ‘Help! me ! help me ! And no one would help him.”
His family watched the episode unfold from the ground but were unable to come to his aid as they too were attacked.
“I was going to try to climb the ladder to get to Austin…but I couldn’t make it because I was surrounded by bees,” Edwards reportedly said.
Carter, who was not present during the incident, fainted when told about it by phone. She said Bellamy also ingested about 30 bees, which took doctors more than a day to remove.
“He had bees inside of him, and they sucked him up until Sunday morning,” she told Fox 19.
Fortunately, doctors expect him to make a full recovery, Carter said.