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20-year-old American severely gored by a bull in Spain

2015-02-16 16:48:53

Ben Miller
Benjamin Miller, 20, from Georgia, is gored by a bull during the "Carnaval del Toro" in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain. (Jose Vicente/Associated Press)

A 20-year-old American man was seriously gored Saturday in Spain, while participating in a festival tied to Carnival season. Benjamin Miller, from Georgia, was reportedly operated on for three hours to treat wounds inflicted by a bull during "Carnaval del Toroin Ciudad Rodrigo.

"It's not the worst injury I've seen, but it's the biggest goring wound I've ever had to operate on," surgeon Enrique Crespo told the Associated Press.

According to the AP, Miller suffered injuries to his thighs, sphincter and back muscles, and is recovering in an intensive-care unit of a nearby hospital. A Ciudad Rodrigo official said that two other participants in the festival were also gored, but less severely.

Many towns in Spain, most notably Pamplona, hold festivals that feature bulls, and the danger of interacting with the huge, dangerous animals draws thrill-seekers from around the world. Inevitably, some of those thrill-seekers fail to actually evade the bulls, often with painful, or even fatal, consequences.

Ben Miller
(Jose Vicente/Associated Press)

Ben Miller
(Jose Vicente/Associated Press)

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