Three years ago I addressed you from this same lectern, to thank you for granting this prestigious ABC Bullfighting award, which I shared with my partner Andrés Roca Rey.
After the break due to the pandemic, three years later, paradoxes of life, you have given me the opportunity to deliver the same award that I received, to the bullfighting surgeons represented by these two eminences, who are doctors D. Máximo García Padrós and D. Carlos Val-Carreres.
As you will all understand, the delivery of this well-deserved award is an enormous privilege for me, because throughout my professional career, these two doctors and other colleagues like them have literally saved my life on several occasions.
Val-Carreres when life was suffocating me in that infirmary in Zaragoza: «Mr. Carlos, for God's sake, do it for my wife and children, save me».
They were the last words I thought I had uttered, and 24 hours after that tragic moment, I woke up in the ICU, encouraging my relatives and thanking those Guardian Angels, who performed the feat of bringing me back to life.
D. Máximo… D. Carlos, just to tell you that the award that I am going to have the immense honor of giving you, even if it is from ABC, also implies the infinite gratitude of many gold and silver bullfighters whose lives you have saved , with the miracle of your knowledge, your hands, your dedication and your expertise.