ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A father and son are hospitalized after getting attacked by thousands of wasps.
WKMG-TV reports that David Alvarez and his 7-year-old son, Jordan, were walking in the woods along Little Wekiva River when they accidentally stepped on a wasp nest last week.
Jennifer Jones, Alvarez’s wife and Jordan’s mother, said that the boy led his dad out of the woods and onto the road to look for help. Alvarez is allergic to wasp stings.
“I was driving down the street and I saw a man and a boy stumbling out of the woods and stumbled across the road covered in bees,” witness Brien Schou told WKMG.
Schou immediately called 911 as wasps flew into his vehicle. A beekeeper who lived nearby put on his bee suit and ended up helping Alvarez and Jordan.
“It was pretty bad,” beekeeper Jim Kunze told WKMG. “It was chicken pox times five, at least.”
Kunze said he put the boy in his truck to get air conditioning and then went to pull off and kill the wasps that were still on Alvarez.
Alvarez is unconscious and continued to be heavily sedated at Florida Hospital Altamonte after developing pneumonia and a blood clot following the attack. Jordan was re-admitted to the hospital’s ICU Monday after having trouble breathing.
“They will be lucky to survive this,” Kunze told WKMG. “They were attacked that viciously.”
Jones said her son wouldn’t give up during the attack because he wanted to help his dad.
“I know he wanted to quit because he said, ‘I just wanted to give up because it hurt so bad, but I had to keep going because I seen daddy laying there on the ground,’” Jones detailed to WKMG. “I just can’t believe how strong he is.”
The family’s dog was also stung several times during the attack but she is recovering well.
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