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Tot In Very Critical Condition From Ant Bites

February 25, 1988

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ A 16-month-old-girl was in extremely critical condition Wednesday after being bitten by a swarm of ants in her back yard, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Tiffany Cheatham had stopped breathing after the attack but was revived by rescuers who arrived at her home Tuesday in Navarre, 20 miles from here, said James Chalmers, an emergency medical technician.

A witness said a dog had knocked the girl into an ant bed, according to Chief Don Van Derryt of the Holley-Navarre Fire and Rescue Association.

″There were ants all around all of us,″ said Janet Streaker, a neighbor who tried to help the child’s mother, Lynn Cheatham, remove the insects. ″The mother is full of ant bites herself.″

She said Ms. Cheatham took off the child’s clothing and put her in the bathtub to try to wash off the ants, which were entangled in the girl’s hair.

″There were lots of them,″ she said. ″There are still ants in the bathroom.″

Ann Papadelias, a Sacred Heart Hospital spokeswoman, said that she suspected the girl was attacked by fire ants, known for painful and sometimes deadly stings, but that she was unable to confirm that with doctors.

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