Swarm on the attack

2010-10-28 00:00

THREE people were hospitalised in a serious condition after they were stung by a swarm of bees in Glenwood, Pietermaritzburg, yesterday.

Two of them were children between the ages of six and 18 months.

Three others were also stung, but sustained only bruises and swelling to their faces.

Terence King, his wife Hazel, their daughter Fiona Sampson, their granddaughter Sharmel Roussow and great grandchildren Tervone Sampson and Brayleyn Roussow were attacked by bees that emerged from behind their house.

Sharmel is allegedly allergic to bees.

Her child Brayleyn was vomiting when they were rushed to hospital.

Terence, the home owner, said he was shocked by yesterday’s nasty incident as the bees had been living in his property for the past 15 years without bothering anyone.

The bees have been living inside a hole in the bathroom made by Terence when he was trying to unblock a sewage pipe.

When he had discovered the bees, he decided not to close the hole.

Explaining yesterday’s chain of events, he said his children and grandchildren had been visiting him as he has recently been released from hospital after suffering a stroke.

While his granddaughter Sharmel was cleaning the bathroom, she saw the bees and, screaming, she ran out of the house.

When she got outside, a swarm of bees came from behind the house and attacked her.

She ran towards her grandmother Hazel who was at the gate pushing Tervone in a stroller.

The bees cornered them at the gate.

Sharmel, Tervone and Brayleyn were injured and were transported to hospital in a serious condition.

The three are apparently on drips at the hospital.

Terence said that this is the first time this has happened since the bees have inhabited the bathroom.

“I believe someone poked their hive; the schoolchildren pass by here every day and they like to throw something at the hive. I believe it was them who started this, because it happened around lunch time.”

Hazel, whose face was red from all the stings, said the children were stung the most. “The one child was black along her side, and when you brushed her, the bee stings pulled out.

Jeff Wicks of Netcare911 said the babies were repeatedly stung by bees and had been transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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