Biological Hazard in USA on April 13 2016 03:22 AM (UTC).
A 71-year-old Buckeye man attacked by bees was clinically dead when emergency medical crews arrived at his home Tuesday afternoon, according to one official. But by Tuesday evening, that man and his 80-year-old wife, who was also attacked, were alive and receiving treatment at a West Valley hospital. The couple had been stung multiple times by a large swarm of bees Tuesday afternoon in their backyard near 196th Avenue and Dunlap Road, according to Detective Doug Matteson of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The woman heard her husband's cries at about 3:15 p.m., grabbed a telephone and ran outside to find him on the ground and surrounded by bees. As she called 911, the bees began attacking her, as well. He is allergic to bees, she is not, Matteson said. By the time deputies and Buckeye Valley Fire Department crews arrived, the man had stopped breathing and didn't have a pulse. Deputies and fire crews managed to move the couple to safety without getting stung. The pair were placed into ambulances with a destination set for a West Valley hospital. "Somehow ... they brought him back," Matteson said of the emergency medical providers. "We believe he's going to make it." Matteson said officials believe the man may have been doing yardwork when he encountered the bees. Matteson urged residents to be on the lookout for hives or any bee activity before starting any sort of yard maintenance, particularly in those areas with lots of vegetation. The bees that didn't disperse Tuesday afternoon were killed with foam, Matteson said.