Benjamin Milley suffered injuries to his thighs, sphincter and back muscles

By Tim Nudd
Updated February 17, 2015 07:50 AM
Credit: Jose Vicente/AP

A 20-year-old Georgia man is out of intensive care after being badly gored by a bull during a festival in Spain on Saturday.

Benjamin Milley, a sophomore at the University of Mississippi studying abroad in Salamanca, suffered injuries including a 16-inch goring in the thigh, according to the Associated Press. He also reportedly had damage to his sphincter and back muscles.

Clinic Hospital in western Salamanca originally identified the man as Benjamin Miller, but a spokesman at Ole Miss confirmed his surname is Milley.

Milley’s run-in with the bull was captured in a series of photographs, where he is seen being repeatedly tossed by the bull and pushed along the ground. He was eventually pulled to safety.

The AP said Tuesday that Milley was improving after a three-hour surgery but remains “shaken” by the experience in Ciudad Rodrigo, 186 miles west of Madrid, and was not yet ready to speak about it.

“It’s not the worst injury I’ve seen, but it’s the biggest goring wound I’ve ever had to operate on,” surgeon Enrique Crespo told the AP.