Lois LaCaze believes she’s married to Superman. She might be right.
Her 65-year-old husband, Lamar, survived a vicious attack by a swarm of bees late last month that nearly killed him.
Emergency room workers at Seton Hospital in Kyle, Texas, pulled more than 1,200 stingers out of his body and whole bees from his ears, nose, mouth and throat.
The attack came just after he started mowing some grass.
"I made one loop and started up a little hill. It wouldn't go, so I took a right. The bees — like that — just flashed up in my face," he said.
LaCaze tried to get away, but stumbled to the ground. He finally was able to reach his son, Trey, on his cell phone.
When LaCaze was discovered, he lay motionless, face down. After he turned his father over, “It looked like a bee hive on his head," trey LaCaze said.
LaCaze was rushed to the hospital where he was treated.
His face was so swollen from the stings, he couldn't see until the swelling subsided.
Then there were internal problems. "It ruined my kidneys sort of. My heart enzymes are bad," he said.
The family is hopeful for a full recovery. In the meantime, researchers from Texas A&M have been contacted to shed light on what happened.
Attacks can be precipitated by a loud noise and vibrations like those made by LaCaze's tractor, A&M says, noting that attacks have been triggered by those activities "up to 100 feet or more" from the hive and "pedestrian activity up to 50 feet " away.
Bees attack the victim's head because they are attracted to animal breath, according to A&M. Other attractants include "hair, dark colors, new mown grass, citrus-scented candles and perfume."
Information for this story was provided by the San Marcos (Texas) Daily Record.