Jockey in coma after accident during horse race in Kiowa County

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- An accident in Kiowa County has left a local horse jockey in a coma.

Horse racing is what Jesus Munoz loves to do. At the height of his career, the 22-year-old is now fighting just to stay alive.

During a race in Kiowa County, Munoz was thrown off a horse.

"From the impact, he went flying. He fell on the right side of his head and the impact was here and on his neck," said Munoz's sister, Brianna Munoz.

Munoz has traumatic brain injuries. While the diagnosis isn't good, friends continue to stay positive.

"We do not lose faith that he can be recovered. We are all supporting him," jockey Adrian Morales said.

Munoz is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipient. It's one of the reasons why he can compete professionally.

With no insurance, the medical bills are piling up. Munoz's family hopes for a miracle both medically and financially.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help the family.

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