CBS 5 News spoke with Jesus Garcia on Friday about the attack.
GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -
Hundreds of bee stings cannot keep 79-year-old Jesus Garcia down. Less than 24 hours after he was viciously attacked by an aggressive swarm of bees while mowing a yard in Queen Creek, Garcia was walking around Gilbert Hospital showing the nurses he was strong and steady enough to be discharged.
Paramedics rushed Garcia to Gilbert Hospital Thursday afternoon after finding him on the ground, covered in bees and not responding.
Garcia said he heard the paramedics talking to him but he was so swollen from being stung so many times in the mouth that he could not speak, he could only moan.
Dr. Tim Johns treated Garcia in the emergency room.
"It's remarkable how fast somebody recovers. I personally have never seen somebody with so many bee stings coming in unconscious," said Johns.
Garcia said he heard one firefighter talking to another about the improbability of someone surviving so many stings.
Garcia said he has mowed that same lawn so many times and never knew there were that many bees around. He said he was attacked by a fairly large bee and tried to swat it away and that's when they came on him by the dozens.
Garcia said he tried to beat them off of him with his hat but his hat just crumbled into pieces.
Dr. Johns said the fact that Garcia was in great shape was a huge contributing factor to his recovery.
Garcia planned to sleep in his own bed Friday night. He said he was grateful to the doctors and nurses who treated him and thankful to God for sparing his life.
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