Yesterday was the worst day of Kayln Rolan’s life. Her mother passed away. Now she needed to plan her funeral. So 29-year-old mother of two, Kayln Rolan decided to spend it outside with her family talking over the necessary arrangements. She sat down on a haystack only to realize that a bunch of fire ants were crawling all over her, biting her.
Fire ants are common to Southern states like Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, and Kayln’s home state – Alabama.
When her husband saw the ants, he freaked out. He knew that his wife was severely allergic so he took swift action. But it was too late…
Find out more below…
“The ants started coming out and getting all over her and she came off the haystack and my son said he grabbed her and put her on the ground, took her clothes off trying to help her to save her,” Kalyn’s mother-in-law tells NBC4i.
Did you know that a fire ant sting is similar to a wasp’s? Yes, it’s true. National Geographic backs up the claim.
The fire ant venom certainly feels like “fire” but it’s not deadly. But fire ants hardly ever act alone. When they attack their “prey,” it usually gets lots of stings. So when a human accidentally sits on their home, they’re in for pain. That’s how Kayln fell victim.
A fire ant bite causes pustules from the venom which frequently get infected.
Although Kayln’s husband acted fast, her allergy to the fire ants bites was severe. She succumbed to the countless little stings and died.
To make matters even worse for Kalyn and her family, the tragedy might have been avoided if she had an EpiPen.
The Rolans faced a horrible tragedy. Not only did they lose the 29-year-old mother of two, but Kayln’s own mother had died just the day before. That means the grandkids lost both their mom and grandma. Kayln was sitting on the haystack while she was planning her own mother’s funeral.
Now the family has to plan two funerals.
“There’s nothing really that you can do, nothing you can say because there’s nothing that is going to bring her back,” one of Rolan’s best friends told WSFA.
If you’re not sure whether or not you have a fire ant allergy, pay special attention if you’re bitten. If you get a severe reaction after a sting, make sure you seek medical attention immediately.
The coroner said, “One of the first things to happen in a situation like this is the airway passage closes up.”
Signs of a fire ant bite allergy include:
- Difficulty breathing
Usually, an allergic reaction comes within 30 or 40 minutes of a fire ant attack, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology reports.
Whether or not you’re allergic to fire ants, wash the area around the bite with cold water and soap.
Watch the video below to learn more about this tragedy and how to deal with fire ants.
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