American youth savagely gored during bullfighting festival in Spain

February 16, 2015 6:45 am

An American youth is recovering in the intensive-care unit of a
hospital in western Salamanca after being savagely gored during a
bullfighting festival celebrating Carnival, officials said.
Surgeon
Enrique Crespo said he was called to operate on 20-year-old Benjamin
Miller from , who had been gored and tossed by a large fighting
bull on Saturday, the first day of nearby Ciudad Rodrigo’s “Carnaval del
Toro.”
“It’s not the worst injury I’ve seen, but it’s the
biggest goring wound I’ve ever had to operate on,” Crespo told The
Associated Press.

Some 45,000 people attend the event in Cuidad Rodrigo – during which a
medical helicopter is on stand-by, just in case. Photo / Thinkstock

Miller underwent a three-hour operation to repair damage to thighs, sphincter and back muscles, Crespo said.
Town councilor Pedro Munoz said two other unidentified men had sustained less serious goring injuries during Saturday’s events.

“One man from Scotland and a Spaniard from Salamanca were also injured,” Munoz said.
Fiestas
featuring bulls are common in , and critics and aficionados alike
agree that the events, which attract international audiences, are
dangerous.
“Doctor Crespo is a world-renowned expert and we have a
medically-equipped helicopter on standby every day of our annual
fiesta,” Munoz said.
He said somewhere between 45,000 and 50,000
people had been attracted over the weekend to this year’s four-day
fiesta, that includes afternoon bullfights and bull-running events.
Ciudad
Rodrigo — population 14,000 — is a small cathedral city close to the
Portuguese border that is a popular tourist destination. It retains its
ancient defensive walls and was the site of key battles between
Napoleon’s army and British forces under the command of the Duke of
Wellington from 1810 to 1812.

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