23-Year-Old Bullfighter Gored Through Throat, Mouth And Tongue

A 23-year-old bullfighter has been gored through his face during his debut tournament and is now fighting for his life.

Daniel García Navarrete was fighting a 1,000lb bull in Las Ventas, Madrid, in front of 10,000 spectators when he was pierced several times, reports the Mail.


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The attack was caught on camera as the audience were powerless to stop what was happening. This short clip shows some of the incident.


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The full footage shows the bullfighter being flipped in the air and thrown to the ground. The bull then repeatedly gores him as a screaming crowd can be heard in the background.

Navarrete was rushed to hospital where doctors found that he'd been pierced four times by the bull. The horns had gone through his neck twice and another two times through his jaw.

One of the wounds was eight inches deep, while another (six inches deep) went through the roof of his mouth and the base of his tongue.


He was also left with severed nerves, a fractured collarbone and extensive muscle damage. Doctors say he's lucky to be alive.

Navarrete was treated at the Hospital San Francisco of Assisi and surgeons who performed the emergency operation said his prognosis was 'severe'.

Apparently, members of the audience thought he had only been pierced by the bull in the thigh, but soon realised the attack was much more intense.

How much longer will bullfighting continue? Only time will tell.

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Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is the Senior Journalist at PRETTY52 but has worked at LADbible Group as part of the LADbible editorial team since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online.

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