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'Thousands’ of fire ant bites on elderly Kershaw woman

May 29, 2011 6:12:00 PM - thestate.com
An 87-year-old woman missing for two days in Kershaw County was found Sunday about noon lying face down on a nest of fire ants in a woods a mile from her house.

The woman, Mary Myers Clark, of the Cassatt community, was transported to Palmetto Richland by helicopter. She was reported to be dehydrated and in critical condition.

“I asked one of our deputies how many fire ant bites she had. I said, ‘Hundreds?’ He said, ‘No, thousands’,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Matthews said the woman was said by family members to have dementia and be prone to wandering off on foot.

The last time a family member checked on her was about 8 a.m. Friday but the woman is believed to have wandered off sometime Friday evening, Matthews said.

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