Female Bull Runner Gored at Spanish Festival
A woman gored during the running of the bulls in recovering in hospital.
Spain’s annual San Fermin festival has tested the courage of many participants every year. But this year’s running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, has resulted in several serious injuries, including a woman from Australian who was severely injured during the festival’s final bull run, reports USA Today.
Officials report that a 23-year old female was gored in the chest by one of the stampeding bulls and had to be hospitalized. There are reports that she lost her balance and fell between two running bulls near the end of the festival, causing one of the bull’s sharp horns to pierce her thorax.
According to a report issued by officials at the local hospital, the woman sustained several broken ribs in the incident in addition to suffering a puncture to her right lung. She is currently listed in very serious condition, but no indication has been given on her chances for a full recovery.
As the Huff Post points out, it is rare for women to be injured during the festival.
The last person to die was a 27-year-old from Madrid gored in the neck by a bull in 2009.
It is very rare for women to be gored during the annual festival since most of the runners are men. Javier Solano, a San Fermin expert working for national broadcaster TVE, said records showed only two other women had been injured by gorings in the recent history of the fiesta.
According to the Telegraph, two American men were also injured. A 20-year-old Utah university student was gored but is now in a stable condition after having his spleen removed and a 35-year-old American man was said to be recovering favourably from a “rectal perforation”.
A total of 50 daredevils were hospitalised during the annual festival.
Although the annual running of bulls in Spain is a tradition first established in the 13th century, human beings didn’t join in the race until the 19th century. Many individuals add running with the bulls in Pamploma, Spain to the bucket list of dangerous adventures they want to complete in their lifetime.
Fifteen people have been killed in the bull runs since records began in 1911. The most recent death was four years ago when a bull gored a 27-year-old Spaniard in the neck, heart and lungs.
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