Bull Gores Matador's Throat

Surgeons struggle for hours to reconstruct mouth
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2010 1:41 AM CDT
Bull Gores Matador's Throat
Spanish matador Julio Aparicio is rushed to an ambulance after being gored by a bull during a bullfight during the San Isidro festival in Madrid.   (AP Photo/Domingo Botan)

A Spanish matador was struggling to recover today after suffering horrific injuries when a bull's horn entered his throat and exited his mouth. The half-ton bull caught Julio Aparicio under the chin when the matador lost his balance and stumbled while executing a pass in Madrid. Aparicio, 41, was tossed into the air and landed on the sand of the bullring, spurting blood. Surgeons worked for 6 hours to reconstruct his throat, jaw, tongue and the roof of his mouth. He's out of critical danger and is conscious, reports the Telegraph.

"It was a serious goring. Almost his entire mouth was destroyed. It's too early to talk of recovery, " said Aparicio's father. The matador comes from a famous bullfighting family, and was a major draw to the San Isidro bullfighting festival where the injury occurred. A photo of the goring ignited a furious debate in Spain, where some protested that it was too graphic, while others deemed it a powerful argument to end the sport.
(Read more Juilo Aparicio stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.