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Bull Riding Benefit Helps Injured Texoma Man

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COLBERT, OK--After a serious injury, one Texoma man is glad to be alive. His friends and family have come together to help him by holding a bull riding event.

Before this weekend, Chris Hinds used a walker. He was seriously injured after a bull riding accident at a rodeo in Durant several weeks ago. Now Hinds is on his own two feet, and bull riders from all over are cheering him on.

"I feel amazing--still hurt a little bit but with all the support and prayers we got it's just been amazing," Chris Hinds said. "There's no words I can say to thank the people who came out and did this."

Friends and family of Hinds held a bull riding benefit for him Saturday night at the Texoma Cowboy Church in Colbert. His pastor still vividly remembers the accident.

"I was right at the chute watching him, and went back there and kind of helped dragging him out and pray with him when all of this happened. God's been merciful to him. He's pulled through," Ernest Martel said, Texoma Cowboy Church Pastor. "The doctors didn't know that he was going to live."

"At that point I really didn't think there was that much wrong--maybe a couple of broken ribs, and it wasn't until I got to the hospital that things kind of went south," Hinds said.

Hinds has $1 million in medical bills. His wife Casey has stuck by his side, even changing his bandages. Surviving so he can see his 23 month old daughter Keigan grow up, he says, is a blessing. 

"I love him, and we've been married 11 years, and he means more than anything in the world to me, and I praise God everyday for bringing him into my life," Casey Hinds said. 

HD Coleman says he sold hinds some bull riding gear just days before the accident. After hearing about what happened, Coleman said he wanted to help.

"I know how bad injuries can be and I've been fortunate enough not to have an injury like this myself, but I can only imagine what he's going through," Coleman said.  

"This is home, and this is a community and they came together. Folks that don't even belong here, they just came here to help out," Greg Halley said, Texoma Cowboy Church member. 

Hinds is thankful that so many people have pulled together for him.

"You know, every day I'm getting better," Hinds said.  "I feel a little bit better every morning when I wake up, so I'm hoping it's going to be over pretty quick." 

Until then, he still enjoys watching a good bull ride.

Jen French, KTEN News