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Man Survives Being Stung 20,000 Times By African Killer Bees

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

3 Sep 2022

A man who was stung 20,000 times by killer bees has survived the ordeal after waking up from his coma.

20-year-old, Austin Bellamy unknowingly cut open a beehive while helping a friend trim a tree.

Thousands of African killer bees quickly swarmed around his head, neck and shoulders, his mother, Shawna Carter, told Fox19Now.

“It looked like he had a black blanket on his head down to his neck, down to his arms,” she said. 

Just one sting from an African killer bee can cause pain and itching. A person can typically survive 10 bee stings per pound of their body weight.

Bellamy was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center put on a ventilator and placed in a medically induced coma.

The insects had swarmed Bellamy so viciously that hospital staff had to “suction” bees out of him. 

Bellamy woke up almost after a week and is expected to make a full recovery.


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