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Hornet sting claims life of Fairfax Co. mom

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ANNANDALE, Va. - A road manager for the rock band the Foo Fighters just lost his wife, and he's talking about what happened in hopes it will help save someone else. The mother of his children was stung by a white-faced hornet, and it took her life.

In an interview at his home on Wednesday, Richard Creason told FOX 5 his wife, Melodye, was just working in the front yard when she stepped onto a nest filled with white faced hornets. He says she ran to the back room, and he tried to kill hornets with a broom.  

"I was just amazed by the amount that followed her into the house," Creason told FOX 5. They were super aggressive. There were probably about four or five of them, and they just kept coming at her."

After calling to his wife and getting no response about a minute later, he ran into the bedroom to find she had gone into anaphylactic shock and was having seizures.

Melodye was rushed to the hospital, and after 12 days, she passed away with her husband and two sons at her side. She was allergic to the hornets, but didn't know it.

Now, her husband and her doctors are rallying to try and encourage other people to get tested so they know what they're allergic to.  Dr. Martha White of the Institute for Allergy and Asthma recommends after your test, if you are allergic, you should carry an EpiPen or Auvi-Q.  She says the really bad reactions happen fast, and you need to have it with you if you need it to save your life.  

Creason says his family is trying to deal with their tragic loss. The Creasons were high school sweethearts, and had been in love for almost 30 years. Amid his devastating loss, he is now getting tested for allergies, and hopes you will too. If his wife had the antidote with her, she just might still be with him right now.  

"It's just one day at a time and one moment at a time. I get my strength through my boys. And my strength is all through her."

The family is also dealing with another blow: burying his wife. Their insurance expired, and now they need your help for the funeral. If you'd like to make a donation, please go to go to GiveForward.Com and type in Melodye Creason. The family is asking you to donate whatever you can.




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