Gored Spanish bullfighter remains in intensive care

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Top Spanish matador Julio Aparicio remains in intensive care a week after he was gored through the throat during a bullfight, the hospital which is treating him said Saturday.

The 41-year-old was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition on May 21 after the half-ton bull jabbed one of its horns through Aparicio's chin and back out of his mouth at Madrid's Las Ventas bullring.

Doctors at Madrid's October 12 Hospital performed surgery to reconstruct his jaw, tongue and the roof of his mouth and placed him on a ventilator.

In a statement, the hospital said Aparicio remained in the intensive care unit in serious but stable condition but was off the ventilator.

The matador comes from a well known bullfighting family and he was one of the top draws at the San Isidro bullfighting festival held each May at the 25,000-seat Las Ventas arena.

The injury happened as he was attempting the faena, a series of passes in which he uses his cape and sword before delivering the death blow to the bull.

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