Swarm of bees injures two in Queen Creek attack

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by Marie Saavedra

azfamily.com

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 24 at 2:31 PM

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. --  Yesenia Alcala is still shaking, four hours after she watched a swarm of bees sting her friend Jesus unconscious

"They were just attacking him like ... so mad.," she said.

They both work tending a property in Queen Creek, and he was mowing the lawn when Alcala saw the bees.

"I was washing the porch and they came out of that tree, the palm tree," she said. "Like hundreds of them, and they started attacking him for no reason."

Jesus, in his 70s, was stung hundreds of times. Alcala can't forget it.

"His face was like full of bees," she said.

She says she tried to help with this hose, but all it did was make her a target.

"I tried to spray them with water when they started stinging me, too." she said.

Bees left stingers on her face, hands and on both of her legs. The painful bumps are still visible. What was worse, she says, was seeing Jesus sprawled out under the carport.

"I was crying and very scared because he wasn't moving."

She ran to the road to flag down a passing driver, who made the call to 911. Every minute counted for Jesus.

"We know he had numerous bee stings; he was unconscious, which tells us there was probably a lot of toxin in his body," said Colin Williams with Rural Metro Fire Department.

He's now recovering at the hospital, and Alcala is back home to rest. Though after Thursday's experience, she fears she'll won't sleep well for a while.

"I'm going to have nightmares," she said. "I was already afraid of bees and from now on....I don't know."

Rural Metro says Jesus is showing some progress in the hospital. Crews did not find any hives in the area, and believe these bees came from nearby orchards.

Earlier this week, a Glendale woman and her 4-year-old granddaughter were attacked by bees. The little girl was able to summon help and both she and her grandmother were taken to a local hospital. Both of them are expected to recover.

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