Woman Gored During Spain’s San Fermin Festival In ‘Very Grave’ Condition After Bull’s Horn Punctures Lung, Breaks Ribs [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on July 15, 2013 10:59 AM EDT

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A woman, gored by a Miura fighting bull during the last running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, is recovering from serious injuries. (Photo: Reuters)

A woman gored during Spain's annual San Fermin festival in Pamplona is in "very grave" condition after the bull's horn pierced her back and punctured her right lung. The 23-year-old Australian woman, identified only by her initials J.E., was attacked Sunday by the Miura bull as she clung to the wooden barrier just outside the entrance of the bull ring. The woman gored by the bull also suffered multiple rib fractures. It was the final bull run of the 2013 festival.

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The Australian reports that the woman gored in Spain was from New South Wales, a state along Australia's East Coast which includes the Sydney metropolitan area.

According to AP, women hardly ever get gored during the San Fermin festival, mainly because most of the runners are men. One broadcaster told AP that only two other women had been injured by bulls in recent festival. There was even a ban on female bull runners up until 1974.

Bull goring injuries are not uncommon during Spain's San Fermin festival. During this year's bull run, a number of runners, like the woman gored in the back, were critically injured and hospitalized. There was a 35-year-old American man from Ohio who was gored in the stomach and was recovering from "rectal perforation." Another man was gored several times in the groin and thigh (the brutal goring was even caught on camera). Twenty-year-old Patrick Eccles from the University of Utah had his spleen removed after a bull gored him on Friday.

The annual San Fermin festival in Spain is a nine day celebration in the city of Pamplona, a city located about 243 miles southwest of Madrid and the historical capital city of Navarre. Made popular outside Spain by Ernest Hemingway's book The Sun Also Rises, the San Fermin festival draws over a million visitors every year, and thousands of thrill-seekers take part in the famous running of the bulls. From Euro News:

The bull run is believed to date to the 13th century but is known to have continued virtually every year since 1592, when the festival was shifted from September to July. People are thought to have joined the running herd sometime in the 1800s.

According to Euro News, the last death from a bull goring was in 2009 when a 27-year-old from Madrid was gored in the neck.

International Business Times reports that Miura bulls are the fastest bulls in Spain and are trumpeted for their size and agility. They can weigh more than 1,500 pounds and are known for their speed; it takes just two minutes and 16 seconds for the bulls to make the half-mile sprint from the bull's stables to the central bull arena. Miura bulls are so well-renowned in Spain that they even inspired legendary Italian car maker Ferruccio Lamborghini to name one of his famed sports cars after the beast. 

The Young Turks reports on bull gorings during Spain's famous festival:

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