Matador escapes death by the skin of his teeth after horrific goring
in Madrid bullfight
The half-ton bull, called Opiparo, struck after Julio Aparicio
lost his footing and stumbled while carrying out a pass with is red cape
in a packed Las Ventas bullring.
One of the animal's horns tore into his throat and punched
through the bottom of his mouth as the crowd screamed in horror at the
bullfight last night.
Impaled: Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio is
gored through the throat during a packed bullfight at Las Ventas in
The force of the impact lifted
the matador into the air, puncturing his tongue and fracturing his
jawbone, before the bull threw him to the sand.
Fellow matadors dashed to the rescue and
managed to distract the bull so medics could get to Mr Aparicio.
The 41-year-old managed to struggle to his
feet, but collapsed with blood pouring down his neck and had to be
carried from the ring.
had an emergency one-hour operation in the Las Ventas medical centre,
before being transfered to the October 12 Hospital in Madrid, where
doctors performed an emergency tracheotomy and worked to reconstruct his
jaw, tongue and the roof of his mouth during a six-hour operation.
Critical: The torero was lifted off the ground
by the force of the bull's impact before being hurled to the sand floor
Shocked: Mr Aparicio had to have two emergency
operations to install a tracheotomy and reconstruct his jaw and the roof
of his mouth
A spokesman for the hospital
said: 'He remains in the intensive care unit of the hospital, has
regained consciousness and his vital signs are stable.'
His father, also called Julio Aparicio, said
there were no complications during the surgery.
He said: 'It was a serious goring. Almost his
entire mouth was destroyed.
too early to talk of recovery, we must wait and see.'
The injury happened as Mr Aparicio was
attempting the faena, a series of passes in which he uses his cape and
sword before delivering the death blow - or estocada.
It is not known what has happened to the
Horrific: The bullfighter loses his footing and
slips to the sandy floor before the half-ton bull gores him through the
Mr Aparicio, from Seville,
comes from a well-known family of matadors. He is in a grave condition
bullfights are watched by sell-out crowds at the 25,000 seat Las Ventas
bullring and are broadcast live on cable television.
Six bulls are killed in each bullfight.
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