This is the horrific moment a Spanish reveler found himself fighting for his life after being gored on the neck and stomped on in a bullring during an annual festival.
The 37-year-old, locally named Jose Ramon Bronte Les, was left haemorrhaging blood and appeared virtually lifeless as he fell to his knees in his bloodstained clothes before being pulled to safety as the animal briefly interrupted its attack.
He was saved by an Italian cardiovascular surgeon who was on vacation and was among the spectators watching the event.
The medical specialist reportedly offered to perform an emergency operation at the scene and was able to stem the bleeding with other rescuers before the injured man was rushed to hospital.
The drama happened on Sunday night at a bullring in the town of Arguedas, an hour’s drive south of Pamplona in northern Spain.
The animal that charged Jose Ramon was a young heifer, which is often used at Spanish festivals because it is less dangerous than bulls and baby bulls but is faster and can still do a lot of damage with its horns.
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This is the horrifying moment a Spanish reveler fought for his life after being gored in the neck by a heifer at an annual festival
The reveler was knocked to the ground from behind after taking part in a Pamplona-style bullfight through the streets of Arguedas as the animals entered the arena.
Onlookers could be heard screaming in horror as the heifer, called vaquilla in Spanish, pushed her target against the walls of the arena and continued to drive her horns into her flesh.
With blood pouring from his neck, the man is shown trying to get up. However, he seems too weak to do so and is seen sitting limply in the dirt.
Footage from the final seconds of the drama showed two men pulling him out of the animal’s reach by lifting him up by his T-shirt.
Local reports said the Italian surgeon hero, identified only by his first name Efren, helped stabilize the injured man and traveled with him and other emergency responders in the back of the ambulance after offering to operate it.
Jose Ramon, whose condition has been described as ‘serious but stable’, is said to have already thanked the man who saved him after he started breathing unaided at Reina Sofia Hospital in Tudela and received his first visits from relatives.
Efren, who was camping in Arguedas during his stopover en route to Portugal, declined requests for interviews and reportedly left the town for his final vacation destination on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old, locally named Jose Ramon Bronte Les, haemorrhaged blood and appeared virtually lifeless as he fell to his knees in his bloodstained clothes before being pulled to safety as the animal briefly interrupted his attack.
The man (pictured on the ground) was rescued by an Italian cardiovascular surgeon who was on vacation and was among onlookers watching the event
Sunday’s near-tragedy came a day after an 18-year-old died after being gored by a bull during annual festivities in the town of Soneja, in Spain’s east coast province of Castellon .
The animal that killed him had just been released after burning balls of flammable material attached to his horns were set on fire while he was still tied to a post.
Social activities have attempted to put an end to this controversial practice, known in Spanish as toro embolado.
The return of festivities involving Spanish animals since the easing of coronavirus restrictions has led to a spate of bloody deaths and injuries so far this summer.
Earlier this month a reveler was dragged to safety with blood gushing from his leg after he was gored by a young bull at a Spanish festival where a man was killed three years ago.
A bystander could be heard shouting: ‘He’s bleeding to death’ as he was helped before a good Samaritan administered a life-saving tourniquet to him after it was confirmed that his femoral artery had been hit.
The drama involving the 47-year-old happened at an annual festival in Pinoso near Alicante on the Costa Blanca, the same location where a 26-year-old lost his life three years ago during of the same festivities.
Last week, a reveler fought for his life after a baby bull slit an artery in his leg while stomping and stomping on him at a Spanish festival. Pictured: The man is seen trying to escape the bull atop a pile of tires in footage from the festival
Footage of when he was gored showed him being knocked down by the animal onto a giant tire as he taunted him in an enclosed arena. The bull did not flinch in its attack and also stomped on it
Pictured: The man is shown being thrown into the air by the bull and against the tires as he tries to get up off the ground, and other people in the arena watch
Last month, a reveler cheated death after being mauled by a bull during an annual event in the Costa Blanca resort of Moraira, near Benidorm, known as Bous a la Mar, which literally means Bulls in the Sea.
He suffered a bloody groin injury as well as scratches and bruises after being pinned to the ground in a temporary arena set up near the marina dock for almost half a minute by the angry animal.
The man finally managed to free himself from his clutches and jumped into the sea after running to safety On the eve of the scare, three people had died in just 24 hours after being gored by bulls at other festivals of the region.
On July 20, a 56-year-old man was confirmed to have lost his fight for life in hospital after being rushed to intensive care with head and gore injuries on July 12 during a an event in Picassent near the east coast town of Valencia.
The local town hall said at the time that it had declared a day of mourning after learning of the man’s death.
On July 19, it emerged that a 50-year-old man named Josep Antoni Garcia Arnau had died at another hospital in Valencia from injuries he sustained after being knocked down by a bull during a festival in Meliana , a 40-minute drive north of Picassent.
He was diagnosed with seven broken ribs and one of the blows he suffered is said to have penetrated one of his lungs and caused a pool of blood that would ultimately cost him his life.
Around the same time, a 64-year-old Frenchman was confirmed to have died in hospital nine days after being gored at an annual festival in Pedreguer on the Costa Blanca, half an hour from road to Moraira.
The three men had taken part in annual events known locally as Bous Al Carrer, which literally means Bulls on the Street.
Horrifying moment reveler, 37, gored on neck and trampled in Spanish bullring