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American tourist gored at Sanfermines says it was 'best day of his life'
14 July 2016 @ 20:02

A TOURIST from the USA who was gored during the Sanfermines bull-runs and needed 20 stitches said the day had been 'the best experience of his life'.

Matthew Levin, 39, from New Jersey had travelled to Spain purely to join in running with loose bulls in Pamplona, capital of the land-locked northern region of Navarra, at its world-famous festival.

But he had only run five metres, or barely 17 feet, when he tripped and fell and was stabbed through his left thigh by a bull.

In his vulnerable position and given where he was gored, Levin was lucky to escape alive and missed the rest of the day's bull-runs as he was admitted to hospital.

He told reporters, however, whilst being stitched up, that the short run with the bulls had been 'the best experience of his life'.

Sanfermines is popular with north American tourists, but they are frequently among those rushed to hospital with goring injuries.

A 53-year-old man from Los Angeles slipped over on the street and was squashed by another tourist who fell on top of him, injuring his leg - but he still got up and carried on chasing the bulls, saying he had done so every year for the past two decades.


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