Photos of a Bullfighter Who Got Gored Through the Throat by a Bull-Truth!

Photos of a Bullfighter Who Got Gored Through the Throat by a Bull-Truth!

 
Summary of eRumor:
These are forwarded photos of a matador who got gored in the throat in a bullfight. The photos are quite gruesome and show the bull’s horn penetrating the matador’s throat and exiting his mouth.
The Truth:
The photos are real and the bullfighter is Spanish matador, Julio Aparicio, who according London’s Telegraph news service, narrowly escaped death by the skin of his teeth after he was horrifically gored in a Madrid bullfight by a half-ton bull on May 21, 2010.

The Telegraph said that Aparicio, 41, was carrying out a pass with his red cape when he lost his footing and stumbled in the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain.  The charging bull managed to tear one of its horns into the matador’s throat,  pierced all the way through his jaw and emerged through the bullfighter’s mouth.

The matador was immediately treated in the bullring’s medical ward by a team of on staff surgeons.  Once stabilized he was transferred to the October 12 Hospital in Madrid where doctors worked for 6 hours to perform emergency reconstruction of the bullfighter’s jaw, tongue and roof of his mouth.  The matador spent the weekend in grave condition and the hospital released a statement, after moving him from the intensive care ward, that “Mr Aparicio’s condition was ‘evolving favorably’ and that his prognosis was ‘less serious’.”  Click for Telegraph Story.

Updated 07/26/10