77-year-old Raymond Folsom's family says he's lucky to be alive. Saturday afternoon he was riding his tractor too close to a colony of bees when he got stuck in a ditch and hit the beekeeper's hives. The bees swarmed out and attacked him.
"He managed to crawl from that side to this side of the road," said granddaughter, Christi Mitchell.
With more than a thousand bees stinging him he was able to get out his cell phone and call for help. "He had to actually scrape the bees off of his eyes to be able to see the phone," said Mitchell.
His granddaughter says his cell phone saved his life. "You can see how remote it is out here. He would have never have gotten any help."
When paramedics arrived Folsom had bees covering his entire body. After medics dragged him into the ambulance they had to fight off more bees inside.
"It's pretty amazing that he survived. He said yesterday there were tons of doctors coming in just to see what he looked like after thousands of bee stings," said great granddaughter, Haley Mitchell.
Mitchell says the hardest task for doctors was getting the stingers out. "The doctors started out with tweezers trying to pick them out. They eventually had to get knives and scrape them off of him."
Folsom is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday. His family says he's in good spirits; he's just thankful to be alive.
Folsom is a tree farmer and allows a beekeeper to keep the hives on his property. He says from now on he's going to steer very clear of that area.