Juan Jose Padilla

March 5, 2012 by staff 

Juan Jose Padilla, A SPANISH bullfighter who lost sight in one eye and has partial facial paralysis after a terrifying goring has returned to the bullring, five months after his injury.  On October 8, a bull’s horn ripped into Juan Jose Padilla’s lower jaw and caused his left eyeball to protrude as spectators screamed in horror. Padilla was seen getting up shouting, “I can’t see, I can’t see anything”, his face gushing blood as assistants distracted the bull.

Now, wearing an eye patch and speaking with a lisp, Padilla fulfilled what he describes as an unquenchable desire to once again face massive 500kg fighting bulls with the aid of only a cape and sword.

The 38-year-old Padilla, the star attraction at the southwestern town of Olivenza’s annual taurine festival, said on Sunday he was returning to the ring because of a need “to win, to triumph, to be a better man”.

A capacity crowd of about 5400 people, including die-hard connoisseurs, fashion models and well-known personalities, had packed into this town’s historic bullring, which was built in 1854.

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