Sunday, 9 October 2011

Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla could lose his vision after a dangerous run-in with a bull.

Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla could lose his vision after a dangerous run-in with a bull.
Elena Munoz/AP

A bull brutally gored a matador in Spain on Friday, tearing through the man's jaw and pushing out his eyeball as spectators watched in horror.

"I can't see, I can't see anything," Juan Jose Padilla, 39, shouted as he was rushed out of the ring while bleeding profusely and cupping his protruding eye.

The 1,120-pound animal had chased the bullfighter and pinned him to the ground, goring him after he tripped. Television images caught the horrifying scene.

The bull, named Marques, was the second fighting beast Padilla had faced during the second day of the annual Virgen del Pilar festivities in Zaragoza.

Padilla was rushed to emergency facilities at the Misericordia bullring before being driven to the hospital.

A statement from the Miguel Servet Hospital said he was in a stable condition after a five-hour operation to repair his face.

The hospital said Padilla was likely to suffer facial paralysis and lose sight in one eye.

The hospital said he suffered eye, bone, muscle and skin damage when the bull pinned him to the ground. Surgeons had not been able to repair a severed facial nerve.

Surgeons used titanium plates and mesh to reconstruct parts of Padilla's face.



 

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