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Thumbs-up from lucky Robert after miraculous escape during bull-run

Miraculous escape for Robert after trampling

Sam Griffin and Gerard Couzens

Published 15/07/2013 | 05:00

Robert Thackaberry in hospital surrounded by friends after crushed by a bull
Robert Thackaberry in hospital surrounded by friends after crushed by a bull
A wounded Mr Thackaberry being carried away after the encounter with the animal
Runners get trapped with bulls in Pamplona, Spain

AN IRISHMAN trampled by a bull in Spain has declared the half-tonne beast the emphatic winner in their encounter.

Robert Thackaberry (28), from Clondalkin in Co Dublin, was among 50 other thrill-seekers hospitalised after taking part in the famous bull run in the northern Spanish town of Pamplona at the weekend.

The engineer had a miraculous escape after hair-raising pictures showed his unconscious body being dragged to safety following a massive 200-person pile-up near the entrance to the bull ring.

He is due to be released from hospital today despite initially being described as being in a "serious" condition with asphyxia caused by crush injuries to his chest.

The thrill-seeker, who had been on a stag weekend for his friend Rob Smyth, took to Facebook to declare: "Bulls 1 – Robbie 0!! I'll show them next year!!"

The post appeared along with a photo of a smiling Robbie giving a thumbs-up with friends Eoghan O'Reilly, Alex Feldman and Rob Horne.

Doctors at the Navarra Hospital were amazed to discover he hadn't broken any bones.

Rob Smyth told the Irish Independent his friend would be released today and the 18-man group would go home as planned later that day.

"There's no internal damage and no broken bones despite being trampled a lot," he said.

Mr Smyth said Robbie "wouldn't be an adrenaline junkie at all" but decided to take part in the run because other members of the group were doing it.

Earlier Robbie posted: "I hear I'm famous... safe to say the bulls won this round!! Still in one piece though!!"

Several concerned friends commented on the photo but Robbie assured the well-wishers that he was "actually grand". "(The injury) looks much worse than it is. Actually really (lucky) considering," he declared.

Fifteen people have been killed at the festival since records began in 1911.

Irish Independent

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