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    American paralyzed at Pamplona bull festival

    American paralyzed at Pamplona bull festival

    A New York man was paralyzed below the waist while dodging young bulls with other revelers in the bullring at Spain's San Fermin Festival in Pamplona on Friday, festival organizers said.
    The 31-year-old, named by hospital authorities as Ray Ducharn, was undergoing surgery after being taken to intensive care after he was hurt while trying to escape when the animals were released in Pamplona's bullring following the famous running of the bulls through the town's streets.
    It was unclear exactly how Ducharn was injured but he did not appear to have been gored, organizers said.
    Last edited by Le Todd; 07-07-2006 at 10:46 AM.

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    Poor guy! But honestly I don't get the attraction of running with the bulls down narrow streets - it's one thing for the locals to do it, but coming all the way from NYC seems a little odd.
    Personally I'd rather go to that other Spanish festival where they all chuck ripe tomatoes at each other! But then I'm a girlie, what do I know about bulls?

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    I think it's kind of abusive toward the bulls and stupid for the people.

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    Carbar, I am with you on running with/from the bulls. The article did talk about being a little drunk maybe that is the reason for choosing to do it. I would have to be passed out drunk and someone throw me on the street as the bulls ran by but then again I can be a bit of a wuss at times .
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    I would have to be out of my mind to get in front of a half ton bull. The adrenaline rush must be what the attraction is or to be able to say one did it. I guess this guy is paying for his stupidity. The tomato throwing festival sounds fun.......unless you get a tomato seed in your eye LOL. I guess one could brag about smelling like tomatoes but wouldnt be near as entertaining as saying I outrun the bull. I just dont understand people sometimes........I would never do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Type Français
    I think it's kind of abusive toward the bulls and stupid for the people.
    So is eating beef.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_nc
    So is eating beef.
    Yes, but in this case the bulls are sitting laughing over those crazy humans and wondering why they don’t stick to throwing tomatoes at each other.

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    The annual "running of the fools" is how I have always seen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_nc
    So is eating beef.
    I support humane killing of animals for food.

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    1) beef is good

    2) running with the bulls through narrow streets is a death wish

    3) I sincerely hope this guy is being taken care of properly and hope for as much functional recovery as possible

    4) I hate to say it....but what a cool paralysis story. "I was injured running with the bulls in Pamplona" sure beats the hell out of "I went swimming at 3am and dove without looking".
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