Couple suffers hundreds of bee stings, survives

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An elderly East Texas man was working on his property when he is attacked by an angry swarm of bees! When his wife tried to save him she was attacked, too!

The couple suffered hundreds of stings and lived to talk about it.

"I looked worse than I do now," said Dudley Meadows, 86.

Still showing the effects of hundreds of bee stings, Meadows recalls how he was just taking care of his property when a storm cloud of bees attacked him.

"I was out spraying weeds with my tractor and I got down fairly close to the bee hive and I felt one hit me in the back of my head and I said, 'Uh-oh!' I knew what it was and I started backing my tractor up then while bunch of them got on me. I lost control of my steering and backed in off in that ditch," he said.

Meadows had allowed the hives on his Danciger Road property, but the spraying evidently angered them.

"Some way I got down and my wife come up there to help me and she couldn't stay because the bees got on her too so I laid down," he said.

When fire crews arrived, Meadows was lying in a ditch, covered in bees.

"I was down there and they was just eating me up alive," he said. "They was all up over my head...and they sprayed water on me that had foam in it. That got rid of the bees."

When hospitalized, the extent of the attack was discovered.

"They had two nurses in there and it took them an hour and a half to pick all the stingers out of me...said I had 300 stings they figured."

But the ordeal did not stop Meadows from attending a family reunion in Georgia the following day.

"I'm going to live better without them," said Meadows.

He and his wife have decided to have the bees removed from their property.

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