- 03 Sep
Injured USF Student Returns Home From Cuba
The USF student returns home after being injured in an auto accident
Barbara Jimenez was in a horrific auto accident when her and her family took a trip to Havana, Cuba. Barbara was severely injured. She was left in a coma for days and had a skull fracture.
At the time of the accident, Barbara did not have health insurance. The lack of insurance left her with a lot of medical bills to pay and no way to pay them. Flying her back to the United States also posed a problem as it would have cost tens of thousands of dollars to transport her. She had been in Cuba since August, 3 2015.
Luckily, JET ICU volunteered to transport Jimenez home free of charge. Mike Honeycut, co-owner of JET ICU heard her story and wanted to help.
Whenever we can give back to the community I feel like we should. It’s a case that tugged at my heart.
Barbara has returned home and is currently staying at Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Judy Genshaft, President of the University of South Florida system, has been working alongside Rep. David Jolly to make sure Barbara receives the best treatment.
Right now, her graduation plans are still on schedule. She will graduate in the spring and continue towards her dreams of becoming a lawyer.
Barbara’s sister, Caridad Jimenez, was surprised by the amount of support and kindness and she was shown by entire Tampa Bay Community during this whole ordeal.
Although Barbara has finally been able to return home, she still has medical expenses to pay off. To donate and help Barbara, go to her GoFundMe account. So far, the sisters of Lambda Alpha Latin Sorority have been able to raise $24,013 out of $75,000 for Barbara.
John Bales Attorneys is happy Barbara was able to make it home safety and hopes no one has to ever deal with this. Check back at our John Bales Attorneys blog for the latest news updates on auto accidents and more.