The woman had an allergic reaction to fire ant stings, ” she said.
A North Carolina woman had never thought that completing a simple task, such as working in the garden would lead to a near-death experience.
Donna Kearns, of Archdale, was to cut through the high grass with a weed eater Saturday, when she accidentally on a hill of fire ants. The ants then “exploded” all over her, delivering a sharp cross that “it felt like pins goes through you,” she told FOX 8.
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Panic, Kearns told the news station she tried to wash the ants off with water, but began to feel ill before collapsing in her garden.
A moment later, Kearns, who was with an allergic reaction to the stings, was saved by a couple drove past her house and saw her sitting in the garden. Emergency officials were called, and Kearns was rushed to the hospital soon after.
Fire ants are known to sting, especially if their nest is disturbed, and the creatures feel threatened. In fact, according to healthline, the ants attack in “swarms” quickly climbing their way up to the legs and other vertical surfaces.”
“Fire ants are notorious for their painful stings. A floating fire ant colony is 10s to 100s of thousands of stinging ants in the open air. In contrast to honey bees, an individual fire ant is able to deliver multiple stings,” Adrian Allen Smith, research biologist and head of the Evolutionary Biology And Behavior Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, previously told Fox News.
Fire ant stings can be lethal. Anyone can develop a allergic reaction to the stitches, although those who are stung for the first time have a higher chance of developing a severe reaction.
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After a stay of two days recovering in the hospital, Kearns, says she was on the mend.
“It was meant to be, I think that it’s not my time to go. She was in the right place at the right time, and thank God that they stopped and I love her to death,” she told FOX 8.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.