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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
MEXICO CITY — A 14-year-old matador who left Spain to escape his home country's ban on young bullfighters was nearly gored to death in a Mexican ring, his lung punctured by a 900-pound bull.
Jairo Miguel, who has been bullfighting professionally in Mexico for two years, was fighting Sunday when a bull named Hidrocalido rushed him at top speed and lifted him in the air, appearing to carry him several yards with one horn firmly lodged in his thorax.
"I'm dying, dad, I'm dying," government news agency Notimex quoted Jairo as saying immediately after the goring.
Jairo's father, Antonio Sanchez Caceres, is also a well-known bullfighter who came with him to Mexico from Spain and was reportedly at the ring on Sunday when his son was injured. The parents could not immediately be reached for comment.
The slightly built, baby-faced Jairo was billed as the
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