Matador scalped in bullfight says he’s on the road to recovery

A gruesome 20cm head wound that required 40 stitches won’t stop Juan Jose Padilla in his lifelong pursuit of bullfighting.

The famous one-eyed matador assured fans he is on the road to recovery following a horrifying injury which left his scalp hanging off over the weekend.

Now he’s planning to be back in time for San Fermín festivities this weekend. 

Padilla, 45, was scalped by a raging bull in front of a crowd of hundreds in Arévalo in northern Spain on Saturday.

He was taunting the bull when he lost his footing and it charged at him, knocking him to the ground before striking him several times.

Video footage showed him try to hold his scalp together in the centre of the bullring before being helped to his feet by colleagues.

Padilla was rushed to hospital in Avila where doctors ruled out any brain damage.

‘Many thanks to all the followers of the page for their love and demonstrated support,’ he wrote on Facebook.  

‘I am very well and I want to reassure everyone that my condition after the accident is favourable because I feel very well,’ he said in an earlier post.

‘Now I’m in Seville and I’m waiting for Dr. García-Perla to take care of me, who’s going to check my wound, explore it again and he will advise me how to continue with the recovery.

‘I have been overwhelmed by so many expressions of affection, respect and encouragement as much towards me as my family did, and I want to thank all those who have been able to recover from the mishap suffered on Saturday in Arévalo.’

Medics said Jerez-born Padilla was extremely lucky to be alive. 

They revealed that he had remained conscious as his horrific 20cm wound was treated with nearly 40 stitches. 

He hopes to still make the San Fermin festivities in Pamplona, it was reported.

Padilla, known as the ‘Ciclón de Jerez’, lost his left eye in 2011 in Zaragoza after a brutal goring and was also wounded in the neck in Pamplona in 2001.

Members of his team wear shirts with the slogan: ‘Suffering is part of the glory’.


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