Gored Spanish bullfighter in intensive care in Mexico: agent

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Top Spanish matador Jose Tomas was in intensive care in a Mexico hospital Monday after being gored and hurled into the air by a bull, but he was expected to survive, his agent said.

"He is still in intensive care, he is very stable and is in the process of waking up. We expect he will begin to breathe on his own shortly, this is very encouraging news," Salvador Boix told public radio RNE from Mexico.

"He is totally out of danger," he said.

Tomas, 34, was gored in the left thigh by a 470-kilogramme (1,000-pound) bull named "Navegante" before a horrified crowd during a corrida Saturday at the Monumental bullring in the Mexican city of Aguascalientes.

The bull thrust one if its horns 17 centimetres (seven inches) inside the matador's thigh muscle, severing an artery. As he lay bleeding profusely in the arena, a call went out on loudspeakers pleading for blood donations.

"He lost more than half the blood that a human being has inside their body," one of the surgeons who treated him, Alfredo Ruiz Romero, told reporters.

Doctors late Saturday spent three hours trying to repair a femoral artery perforated during the bullfight.

This is the most serious injury ever suffered in the arena by Tomas, who is known for putting himself in danger before the bull with a calm command and precise choreography which thrills spectators.

Tomas, who hails from a small town near Madrid in the heart of Spain's bull-rearing heartland, returned to the ring in June 2007 after an absence of more than four years.

He is often compared to legendary 1940s bullfighter Manolete, who died in the ring aged 30.

© 2010 AFP

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