MARIETTA - A Whipple man was in serious but stable condition in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University Tuesday evening after being knocked down and stomped multiple times by a bull on his farm during a Monday afternoon veterinary visit.
Dale E. Gerken, 79, of 915 Whipple Run Road, was flown by medical helicopter to Columbus from Marietta Memorial Hospital early Tuesday morning, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
"The vet was there and they were trying to get the bull into the chute so they could check out his masculinity. But the bull didn't want to go into the chute and he turned on Mr. Gerken," said Mincks.
The charging bull hit Gerken, sending him several feet into the air and rendering him unconscious. The bull then continued to stomp on Gerken, according to testimony from the veterinarian, said Mincks.
Gerken's grandson and the veterinarian were able to end the attack by hitting the bull with a metal pipe and pulling Gerken away from the enraged animal, said Mincks.
He sustained a severe head injury and possibly broken ribs from the attack, said Mincks.
He was transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital by the Fearing Township Volunteer Fire Department and admitted Monday afternoon. He was scheduled to undergo surgery for the head injury, but his condition worsened throughout the night in Marietta Memorial's Intensive Care Unit. He was flown to Columbus around 5 a.m. Tuesday, said Mincks.