American Gored Horrifically in Bullfighting Festival

Surgeon: 'Biggest goring wound I've ever had to operate on'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2015 1:00 PM CST
In this 2014 file photo, a fire bull runs after a reveler during the 'Toro de Jubilo' Fire Bull Festival in Medinaceli, Spain.   (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, FILE)

(Newser) – Running bulls and thousands of inebriated tourists: Once again, not a particularly wise combination, and the latest victim is a 20-year-old man from Georgia who has what his Spanish surgeon calls "the biggest goring wound I've ever had to operate on." Benjamin Miller underwent three hours of surgery to repair injuries to his thighs, sphincter and back muscles, reports the AP, after being gored and tossed at Ciudad Rodrigo's "Carnaval del Toro." Organizers estimated that between 45,000 and 50,000 tourists had swarmed the four-day event in the city of 14,000. Two other, less-severe gorings were reported yesterday. Though such festivals remain hugely popular, adds Sky News, they often "result in a painful experience for spectators."

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