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Rodeo bullfighter's recovering after bull stomps on face

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A rodeo bullfighter who had his face stomped on last month by a 2,000-pound bull is out of the hospital and making an unbelievable recovery.

Heath Boswell, who's known as Hooter, has been bullfighting since he was 18-years-old.

The father of three from Bridgeport was trying to distract the bull from a fallen bull rider at the Wise County Sheriff's POSSE Rodeo in Decatur on September 7, when the animal stepped on his face.

Every bone from the forehead down was crushed.

"They made the incision over his head," Kelly Boswell, Hooter's brother, said. "They had to peal everything down and took a bone graft from his skull and fixed both eye sockets, cheek bones, fixed some of his teeth in there, roof palate, and fixed his nose to some point."

Kelly says the first thing Hooter did in the hospital was spell out bull rider with his finger.

"He was laying there with his face crushed," Kelly said, "and all he wanted to know was if he did his job and if that guy was OK."

Hooter's jaw is still sewn shut and he has a tube in his trachea. He will have a bone removed from his hip next month so doctors at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth can rebuild the bridge of his nose.

A weekend-long benefit is planned for Hooter at the Bridgeport Rodeo Arena on October 19 and 20.

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