- Associated Press - Sunday, March 4, 2012

OLIVENZA, SPAIN (AP) - A Spanish bullfighter who lost sight in one eye and has partial facial paralysis after a terrifying goring is returning to the bullring five months after his injury.

Television images showed the moment on Oct. 8 when a bull’s horn ripped into Juan Jose Padilla’s lower jaw and caused his left eyeball to protrude as spectators screamed in horror.

Now, wearing an eye patch and speaking with a lisp, Padilla will fulfill Sunday what he describes as an unquenchable desire to once again face massive 1,100-pound (500-kilogram) bulls with the aid of a cape and sword.

The 38-year-old Padilla, the star attraction at the southwestern town of Olivenza’s annual taurine festival, said he wants to “to win, to triumph, to be a better man.”

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