Run-in with Pamplona bull made American 'fear for my life'

Jaime Alvarez was gored in the neck in Pamplona Spain

Health authorities in northern Spain's Pamplona say two people were injured in Tuesday's speedy bull run, although there were no gorings, unlike in previous days.

Doctors, who performed urgent two-hour-long surgery on Alvarez, told him the horn went deep into the neck and that it also fractured part of the cheekbone, but was lucky it didn't touch on the jugular vein or major arteries. "The impact was unlike anything I've ever felt".

Alvarez, who works as a public defender in Santa Clara County, California, said he realized how severely he'd been hurt during his encounter with the bull on Sunday morning when he touched his neck and his hand came away covered with blood. The three stopped in Pamplona to check out the famous San Fermin festival while in route to another city where the couple's son was playing in a soccer tournament.

The six bulls, accompanied by tame bullocks, ran together in a pack for most of the 930-yard course to the city's bullring. He climbed up a fence to wait for the danger to pass and returned to the arena shortly after to shoot a victory video, "a 5-second video scene to say 'Here I am, I did it'".


Despite the traumatic experience, Alvarez told the outlet he planned to return to Pamplona, but only as a spectator to enjoy the annual festival. City officials said the 40-year-old Spanish citizen was injured thigh, and two young Spaniard received a head injury.

Injuries are also not uncommon at the event, with records dating back to 1910 listing 16 deaths, according to the outlet.

Another runner was treated for bruises, and a fifth was gored in the back by a horn but didn't need hospital treatment.

Running of the bulls which lasted 2 minutes and 41 seconds, immediately after the official opening of the festival, when tens of thousands of guests celebrate the beginning of the festival the narrow streets during a bullfight.

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