A South Florida landscaper is recovering at the hospital after he was attacked by a swarm of bees.
Andres Calvo is telling his story from his hospital bed after he was stung 150 times by bees, Monday afternoon. “I was on the lawnmower cutting the grass in the backyard. All of a sudden, I felt something over me, I could hear the sound of the bees. They came out of nowhere, and all of a sudden, they were all over me. I started screaming for help and a couple of people tried to help me,” said Calvo.
Calvo was attacked while cutting a friend’s grass along the 1900 of Scott Street in Hollywood. He said he tried to run, took off his shirt and tried to swat away the bees, but the attack continued. “They were all over my head, in my ears, in my nose. It was horrible. I was dizzy. I was throwing up, disoriented. It felt like my entire body was on fire.”
Neighbor Theresa Perchiano witnessed the attack and ran for help. “The guy was cutting the grass and I seen him screaming. I thought he was fighting, and then I came outside to ask him if he was all right, and he turned around, and his whole back was covered in bees,” said Perchiano.
The bees came from outside of Ileana Ramon’s home. Ramon said she keeps the bees in several hives to collect their honey. “I’ve had the bees more than 10 years here, and this has never happened. We cut the grass, all my neighbors, and it never happened,” said Ramon.
Tom Anggelucci called 911. “Our friend that’s over here, he grabbed our hose and tried to squirt the guy down to help him, but the guy took off running, and we called paramedics,” said Anggelucci.
Calvo is recovering at the hospital and taking pain medication. “I don’t even want to think about that moment. I never want to go through something like this ever again. It was terrible. If I had been allergic, I would have died for sure,” he said.