Woman dies after suffering allergic reaction to wasp stings

A 65-year-old woman from the Flemish Brabant municipality of Steenokkerzeel has died after having suffered an allergic reaction to a wasp sting. The daily ‘Het Laatste Nieuws’ reports that the woman died after having spent two weeks in a coma at the Gasthuisberg Hospital in Leuven (Flemish Brabant). 

Anne Marie Verlinden was working in the kitchen of her home in the Zonnebos area of Steenokkerzeel when she was attacked by a swarm of wasps. It is likely that the wasps had been living in the false ceiling of the kitchen.

Writing on Instagram Ms Verlinden’s son said that his mother suffered and allergic reaction that provoked cardiac arrest.     

“Paramedics took 16 minutes to resuscitate her and she was then taken took Gasthuisberg”.

She remained in a coma at the hospital for two weeks before dying peacefully.  

Her son Filip went on to tell how his mother had always been there for her children an her 13 grandchildren. “Let us not show sorrow because you are no longer there, but be thankful for the time that we were given together. You will always live on in our memories”.

Father Vital Orolé knows the family well. He told journalists that they did not know that Ms Verlinden was allergic to wasp stings. He added that “There was nothing you could have done. The drugs that she was given at Gasthuisberg weren’t working. I heard a few days ago that it wasn’t looking good. This has really hit me”.