23-Year-Old Australian Woman Gored At Spain Bull Run

Category: Media & Culture / Jul 15, 2013 11:09AM EDT

A 23-year-old Australian woman is in a ‘very serious’ condition on Monday after being gored in the chest on the final day of Spain’s annual bull-running festival.

The woman, who was only identified by her initials J.E., was injured during the early morning run, where bulls chase people down the cobbled streets of Pamplona in northeast Spain.

According to a medical report released by authorities she suffered several fractured ribs and damage to her right lung.

She was immediately taken to the hospital for surgery.

The festival, which runs for one week, was made famous internationally by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises", and it attracts thousands of foreign visitors every year.

The San Fermin bull run came under state regulation in 1867 and there have been 14 deaths there over the past century. The last person to die was a 27-year-old from Madrid gored in the neck by a bull in 2009.

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