Man critical after 1 000 bee stings

2012-02-23 15:17

Pietermaritzburg - Two men were badly injured when they were stung by a swarm of bees in Glenwood, Pietermaritzburg, on Thursday, paramedics said.

The men, one aged 65 and the other in his 30s, were walking along a path when they disturbed a swarm of bees at about noon, said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks.

The older man’s face and arms were badly swollen as paramedics estimated he had over a thousand stings to his body.

Paramedics used every advanced life-support drug they could to stabilise him and he was taken to Greys Hospital in a critical condition.

The younger man was also treated at the scene and taken to hospital in a serious, but stable condition.

  • SGL - 2012-02-23 15:28

    How awful! Prayers go out to him for his full recovery.

  • Sharmay - 2012-02-23 15:29

    B.E.E stin(k)gs....

  • Bantu - 2012-02-23 15:29

    Who counted the bees?

      Siphiwo - 2012-02-23 15:41

      They counted the bee stings not the bees...

      Jan - 2012-02-23 15:57

      The Bee stings can be counted when removed. They are easy to see & count

      uwe.klopfer - 2012-02-23 16:04

      and as per the article..."estimated"

      Forsythe - 2012-02-23 16:23

      what if they lost count? would they have to put the stings back into him and start again??

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-02-23 15:49

    They have been listening to too much Sting

  • kyle.boshoff - 2012-02-23 15:57

    That's what you get when you disturb a swarm of bees... but seriously, I hope they recover.

  • Hazel - 2012-02-23 16:06

    Must be linked to our government.

  • Anne - 2012-02-23 16:08

    It must be this incredibly hot weather we are experiencing at the moment that gets the bees going! I am also agressive ! Grrr

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-02-23 16:10

    That poor guy must look like the Mitchelin Man right now.

      jurgen.eksteen - 2012-02-23 20:43

      FEEL ... I'm mean feel.

  • Ruann - 2012-02-23 16:10

    un-beee-lievable, sorry just couldn't stop myself

  • Janice - 2012-02-23 16:18

    Jeeeez, shame man. I hope they will both be ok.

  • Rudolph - 2012-02-23 16:29

    Africanised bees. More aggressive. Basically black bees.

  • Colin - 2012-02-23 17:09

    Man, everyone on this forum who contributed a racist slur should be locked up. It's unprovoked "humour" like this that is preventing our country from moving on.

      Bruce - 2012-02-23 19:41

      I could not agree more. This comments are sick. this is not a joke!

      Bruce - 2012-02-23 19:42

      Sorry spelling mistake. "These comments"

  • Tshiamo - 2012-02-23 17:26


  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-23 17:47

    is it just me or are bees having a go at humans almost daily now?

  • cruywagen - 2012-02-23 19:57

    A bee sting is not a joking matter. These guys could lose their life. Maybe they have families to support or loved ones waiting at home.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-24 06:21

    Bees seem to be on the rampage...

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