Woman Stung by More Than 100 Bees Released From Hospital, Attorney Says

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Bockhie Shim is seen in the hospital in a photo provided by her attorney Eric Dubin.

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A woman who was stung more than 100 times while trying to help a friend fight off a swam of bees at a Laguna Woods golf course was recovering at home Wednesday, according to her attorney.

Bockhie Shim was attacked around 11 a.m. Tuesday at the golf course at 24112 Moulton Parkway, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

Bockhie Shim is seen in the hospital in a photo provided by her attorney Eric Dubin.
Bockhie Shim is seen in the hospital in a photo provided by her attorney Eric Dubin.

The bees were in an irrigation box that a groundskeeper mowed over, according to fire Capt. Paul Holaday.

After the hive was disturbed, a swarm attacked one woman, who was stung about 15 times, according to Concialdi.

When Shim tried to swat the bees away from her friend, she was repeatedly stung.

Shim’s attorney Eric Dubin issued a statement to KTLA, saying the attack “never should have occurred.”

“My client is grateful to be alive, as she was convinced she was going to die from the bee attack provoked by the golf maintenance crew,” Dubin stated. “Almost 200 bees attacked and violently stung her, and the pain and horror is almost indescribable.”

A photo provided by attorney Eric Dubin shows some of the bee stingers removed from Shin after the attack.
A photo provided by attorney Eric Dubin shows some of the bee stingers removed from Shin after the attack.

Responding firefighters used credit cards to remove stingers from the victims’ skin, officials said.

Shim was transported to the hospital from the golf course Tuesday morning and was released later in the day, according to Dubin.

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