A North Texas rodeo bullfighter is recovering after a bucking bull stepped on his face.
Heath "Hooter" Boswell, 41, was at Wise County Sheriff's POSSE Rodeo in Decatur Saturday, when a 2,000-pound bull stomped on his face.
"When he knocked Hooter down, Hooter was on his back. And when the bull ran across him, he planted one of his back feet right, straight in the middle of his face," Russell Stephens, Wise County Sheriff's POSSE Rodeo, said. "I've been down here 15 years and that was the worst accident that I have seen."
The veteran bull fighter from Bridgeport had his entire face broken.
"The surgeon said that was the worst facial injury he had ever saw - ever," Dale Lyons, Big L Rodeo Company, said. "Everything from the forehead down - broke, crushed."
Amazingly, the father of three and grandfather, was still alert. Boswell was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He had the first of several reconstructive surgeries there Tuesday.
Friends started a Facebook page Tuesday called Prayers and Updates for Hooter Boswell. It already has over 3,000 'likes' from people eager to see him back in the arena.
Boswell has been bullfighting since he was 18-years-old. He's spent the last 15 years doing the circuit with Big L Rodeo out of Oklahoma.
"It may not be this year. And it may not be next year," Lyons said, "but Hooter will be back."
Friends will set up a booth at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and
3 p.m. Sunday at the PRCA in Bowie for donations. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/japandoe
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