A swarm of wasps stung a six-year-old girl in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Teab district while she was on her way home from school on Saturday, causing her to die in hospital.
Captain Kim Socheat, deputy chief of Svay Teab district police, yesterday said that the incident occurred at about 11am on Saturday when Ream Lina was riding her bicycle home from school.
He said she was stung by a swarm of wasps from a nearby palm tree on the road in Sambour commune.
Cap Socheat said that the wasps stung Lima on her head and body and she was pronounced dead while being hospitalised for a day.
“The girl left her school and rode the bicycle back home. As soon as she almost reached home, she was suddenly swarmed and stung 30 times by wasps,” he said. “She died after receiving medical treatment at the hospital for one day.”
Cap Socheat said that the victim is the eldest child of two siblings in her family.
The victim’s father, Ream Narin, said that he and his wife went to work, leaving two young children at home with his mother and relatives.
Mr Narin said that he sent his daughter to Svay Teab district referral hospital but doctors seemed to pay less attention to her as she was in a critical condition.
He said that she was then sent to the provincial referral hospital and died.
“When I sent my daughter for treatment at the district referral hospital, I told doctors that my daughter was tired, and had headache and dizziness,” he said. “The doctor gave her oxygen and intravenous injection and told me it was okay and then they left.”
“Then, my daughter had serious diarrhoea, vomiting and weak breathing. Later she was sent to the provincial referral hospital. But, it was too late once she arrived at the provincial referral hospital, she could not be saved,” Mr Narin said.
The representative of Svay Teab district referral hospital could not be reached for comment yesterday.