Louisiana bull rider recovering from surgery

Jeffrey Ramagos Bull riding wreck Florida 2014 Ron Mendes Photo

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Louisiana bull rider Jeffrey Ramagos was seriously injured March 8 at the Okeechobee (Fla.) Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo when he suffered a head-to-head collision with the Silver Spurs Club bull Big Deal.

Within minutes of the incident, Ramagos was airlifted by Medivac helicopter the 37 miles to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla., where he underwent 13 hours of facial reconstruction surgery.

He remains in the hospital’s trauma unit.

“Jeffrey’s not paralyzed and he doesn’t have brain damage,” Okeechobee County Cattlemen’s Association spokesperson Audra Clemons told theOkeechobee News. “He will live. However, he had full reconstructive facial surgery. He shattered every bone in his face.”

Ramagos’ mother flew in from their hometown of Zachary, La., to be with him.

Ramagos, 21, bought his PRCA card in late 2011 and has five PRCA rodeo titles to his credit, winning in Mobile, Ala.; Ada, Okla., and Mobridge, S.D., as a rookie, and Hattiesburg, Miss., and Center, Texas, a year ago.

He finished eighth in the Southeastern Circuit last year and was 72nd in the world standings with earnings of $16,330. He was eighth in the Southeastern Circuit this season at the time of his injury.

Courtesy of PRCA