Horror as 10,000 bees attack woman, 72, leaving her completely covered in stings

An elderly woman was left completely covered in stings after a horror attack by a swarm of bees.

The 72-year-old is now recovering after her entire body, mainly her face, was attacked by thousands of the flying insects in Brazil.

Footage showed her with hundreds of the venom-filled stingers covering her face and dozens of dead African bees stuck to her hair.

She had to be treated at hospital with anti-venom drugs following the terrifying ordeal on Wednesday.

Two other women who were with her at the time, aged 65 and 71, were also heavily stung in Britânia, in the state of Goiás.

They were rescued by two police officers, who braved the bees to help and were also badly injured.

The three elderly women were fishing in the Tigrinho River, close to a bridge, when they apparently disturbed the bees which had settled on one of the columns.

They said they had not noticed them before beginning to fish.

But within minutes they were attacked and engulfed in a cloud of angry honey bees, which numbered well above 10,000.

They were under siege for around 10 minutes as they tried to fend off the venomous insects and fight for their lives.

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Motorists driving past on a nearby road alerted police to the nightmare scene.

Sergeant Valdivino de Oliveira, who helped save the victims, said: “By the time we arrived one of the women had already fainted.

“She didn’t have any more strength to fight. She had been bitten all over her body, but her head and face were the most affected.”

He told Brazilian media he didn’t have time to put on protection gear before wading into the swarm with colleague Sergeant Willian Costa Silva.

The brave police officers risked their lives to pull the women to safety.

He said: “The bees completely surrounded the women. So we drove as close as we could to them, stopped and rushed to push them into our vehicle.”

The windows were left open to give the bees an escape route, but many remained inside the police car and continued to attack.

At the hospital shocked medics shook multiple dead bees from the victim’s ponytail, which were pictured lying on the floor.

Sgt Silva was also filmed looking in pain as he received an antidote in an outstretched arm.

Two of the elderly victims have been discharged while the officers were also released within 24 hours.

Although the elderly woman in the video remains in hospital, her health is reportedly stable.

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