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Thursday 18 January 2018

Elderly woman in wheelchair 'killed by swarm of hornets as would-be rescuers forced to watch'

The insects have a 6mm stinger

Asian Hornet
Asian Hornet

Will Worley

Giant hornets reportedly killed an elderly Japanese woman, whose would-be rescuers were forced to helplessly look as the insects struck.

Chieko Kikuchi, 87, who used a wheelchair, was said to have been stung more than 150 times.

She was travelling home from a nursing facility in southern town of Ozu, Ehime Prefecture, when she was surrounded by the creatures, the Japan Times reported.

They were said to have emerged from a building near her home.

Nursing staff accompanying her tried to help, but were unable to rescue her because of the large number of insects, which each have a six millimetre stinger.

Paramedics were called but were sent without protective clothing as they had been led to believe the woman had already been taken to a safe location.

They were also unable to get near her and were forced to watch as the insects continued to sting her for 50 minutes.

Kikuchi was later taken to hospital but died of multiple organ failure the next day.

The incident occurred in September but details have only just been released by local authorities.

They were said to have emerged from a building near her home.

Nursing staff accompanying her tried to help, but were unable to rescue her because of the large number of insects, which each have a six millimetre stinger.

Paramedics were called but were sent without protective clothing as they had been led to believe the woman had already been taken to a safe location.

They were also unable to get near her and were forced to watch as the insects continued to sting her for 50 minutes.

Kikuchi was later taken to hospital but died of multiple organ failure the next day.

The incident occurred in September but details have only just been released by local authorities.

Independent News Service

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