McTaggart undergoes multiple surgeries

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Colin McTaggart was seriously injured Aug. 4 during the Ross Coleman Invitational bull riding in Molalla, Ore., and has undergone multiple surgeries to repair damage to his liver, colon and bowel.

McTaggart was air-lifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Ore., and immediately taken into the operating theater where three surgeons worked for 4½ hours to stop the bleeding, remove damaged intestine and get him stabilized.

He underwent a second surgery on Aug. 6 and is scheduled to undergo yet another procedure once the swelling goes down.

“It was a really bad deal,” said World Champion Shane Proctor, who was there when McTaggart was stepped on by the bull in the arena, and has remained in touch with McTaggart’s family. “He had to be revived twice while he was being life-flighted to the hospital.”

McTaggart’s wife, Dawn, his mother, Sherry, and sister, Lindsey, are at the hospital with McTaggart.

“He has stayed so strong and calm through all of this and he will continue fighting, I have faith in him,” Dawn McTaggart wrote in a Facebook posting. “We are taking baby steps in the right direction and that is all we can ask for at this point.”

McTaggart, who qualified for the Wrangler NFR from 2007-09, is 24th in the current world standings and had just come off a third-place result at the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup in Great Falls, Mont., the night before his injury.

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