A five-year-old boy has died while his grandmother fights for her life in the hospital after being attacked by wasps while cutting down a tree.
The incident took place in the southern Cambodian province of Takeo while the 62-year-old grandmother, identified as Chen Oeurn, cut leaves from a palm tree to build a chicken coop.
The woman and her five-year-old grandson, identified as Morn Kakakda, beat up a hornet’s nest and were immediately attacked, police lieutenant colonel Chuon Samang said.
The 62-year-old woman is hospitalized after being seriously injured.
The incident was attended by an unnamed neighbor.
Samang said, “While cutting the leaves, Owen accidentally hit a large nest of wasps hanging from the tree.
“About 30 angry wasps attacked them both immediately, causing multiple stabs to their face, neck and chest.
“During the attack, Ur tried to save her grandson and carried him to their house.”
Samang added, “The boy died at home shortly afterwards.”
Disturbing images show the young boy lying dead in his house shortly after the wasp attack.
The grandmother was found by neighbors who rushed her to a nearby hospital.
After the incident, Samang reminded citizens to seek immediate medical attention if attacked by wasps, as their sting can sometimes be fatal.