A holidaymaker suffered a severe allergic reaction after he
accidentally swallowed a bee while riding a bike in
Coromandel this morning.
The 57-year-old Matamata man was airlifted to Waikato
Hospital after suffering the sting near Whangamata, where he
had been staying.
Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly said
the man, who was allergic to bee stings, had been riding a
bike when the insect flew into his mouth.
The man found it difficult to breathe so was taken to the
local medical centre.
The Tauranga-based rescue helicopter was called to airlift
him to Waikato Hospital, where he was admitted for
St John Ambulance Mt Maunganui operations manager Gary
Bishell said reactions to bee stings ranged from localised
swelling to full-blown anaphylaxis - a sudden and severe
allergic reaction that could lead to death.
However, the man did not suffer anaphylaxis, he said.
"In this case it was some localised swelling - he'd swallowed
the bee and got stung in his throat, so he had some localised
swelling in the throat."
Mr Bishell said the concern was the airway would close up due
However, the man was given medicine and was "reasonably
He was taken to hospital as a precaution.
- By Matthew Backhouse of APNZ