A SEVEN-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after being stung more than 300 times by a swarm of invasive wasps.
Evie Clark came under attack by a swarm of what are believed to be European wasps after falling onto a nest while playing by a creek at Braidwood, in southern New South Wales, on April 11.
The seven-year-old was initially stung by one wasp, before the rest of the nest engulfed her little body.
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“They were in her underwear, in her shoes. It was terrifying,” Evie’s mum Samara Zeitsch told The Canberra Times.
A single wasp can alert other wasps to swarm around and attack a perceived threat by producing an alarm pheromone.
It’s estimated Evie was stung more than 300 times.
The seven-year-old blacked out from the immense pain and was rushed to Braidwood Hospital where she was revived with an adrenaline shot.
Nurses had to use a vacuum cleaner to remove the wasps from Evie’s body, including those tangled in her hair.
With that many stings, Ms Zeitsch said doctors told her it was the equivalent of being bitten by a brown snake.
That evening, Evie’s hands and face started to swell with welts from the unprecedented number of stings.
The seven-year-old girl was later airlifted to Canberra Hospital where she was closely monitored and kept on fluids to keep her hydrated.
Speaking with The Canberra Times, Ms Zeitsch said her daughter was in pain days after the incident but was now back at home, recovering from the distressing experience.
“It’s very hard to face that reality that it was touch and go, we could’ve lost her,” Ms Zeitsch said.
Canberra biologist and wasp expert Dr Philip Spradbery told the local publication Evie was extremely lucky to be alive.
The local council has since found and removed two wasp nests from near the creek where the little girl was attacked.