Sports star in coma after horror accident left teenager ‘fighting for her life’

TEENAGE cyclist Jessie Munton is “fighting for her life” in a coma after colliding with a car. The talented young South African, 17, was on a training ride when the accident took place back in January.

Munton, who won the U19 South African time trial title in 2023, has been in intensive care ever since the incident occurred. And the cyclist’s family are now attempting to raise €100,000 to aid her recovery as the financial burden becomes “overwhelming” for her loved ones. The GoFundMe page created by her brother, Byron, reads: “Jessie has been fighting for her life in ICU for nearly a month with severe brain damage.

“Initially placed in an induced coma to manage the critical condition she was in, she now rests in her own coma, with our prayers fervently awaiting the day her eyes open again. “With Jessie’s youth, fitness, and indomitable spirit, we hold onto hope that she will emerge from this ordeal and reclaim a semblance of the life she once had. “However, the road to recovery is long and arduous, exacerbated by the high costs of specialised care.” So far nearly €18,000 has been raised on the page. Her family said: “Up until now Jessie has been receiving treatment at a private hospital near the accident site, where she has received exceptional care.

“The next phase of her journey involves at least six months of intensive neurological rehabilitation in a specialised facility, the costs of which are substantial. “To navigate this crucial period in Jessie’s recovery, we estimate needing close to ZAR 2 million, roughly Euro 100,000. This will cover everything from her rehabilitation care, scans, doctor visits, to essential medical equipment and more.

“Jessie’s absence has already left an irreplaceable void in our lives. Her achievements representing our country at the Youth Commonwealth Games, multiple national championship titles to her name and her infectious optimism have touched countless hearts. “We believe she deserves every chance to continue spreading joy and inspiration.

“We humbly ask for your support in funding Jessie’s recovery journey. “Your contribution will not only alleviate the financial strain on our family but will also be an investment in Jessie’s future—a future where she continues to defy the odds and make the world a brighter place for us all.”

As well as winning age group titles at national level, Munton also represented South Africa at the Youth Commonwealth Games. She finished fifth in the time trial and fourth in the road race at the Games.

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