ANNANDALE, Va. (WJLA) - A Fairfax County woman has died after being stung by a hornet in her Annandale yard.
Melodye Creason, 44, was trimming her azalea plants earlier this month when she was stung by a white-face hornet, a type of insect known for its aggression.
Creason had an allergic reaction to the sting, her throat swelling so much that it became impossible for her to breathe.
"[The hornets] followed her into the house," said her husband, Richard Creason. "They were super, super aggressive and they just kept coming at me and coming at her. And it was just like nothing I had ever seen before."
"She went into anaphylactic shock and seized," he added. "There was nothing I could do for her but wait for the ambulance to come."
She was transported to a nearby hospital, but her inability to breathe had caused significant brain damage.
She remained in a coma for eight days before her family took her off life support. Doctors determined that an earlier sting by a white-faced hornet had prompted Creason's body to develop the severe allergy to the sting.
Family and friends are helping to raise money for Creason's family to help cover medical and funeral costs, since her husband told ABC 7 News' partner WTOP her life insurance policy lapsed shortly before her death.
"I had to make the most difficult decision of my life to take my wife off of life support," Richard Creason said. "Two days later, she hung in there and fought, and she finally passed. My family is completely devastated. I'm just absolutely heartbroken."
The GiveForward campaign has raised more than $12,000 of its $15,000 goal as of mid-day Wednesday.