Bring Barbie Home - USF Student

$24,137 of $75k goal

Raised by 550 people in 14 months
BG
Beta Gamma
on behalf of Caridad Jimenez
 TAMPA, FL


On August 3rd, 2015 a sister from the Beta Gamma chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated, Barbara Jimenez (Barbie), along with four other passengers, John Fox, Maria, and Walter Jimenez, suffered a tragic and fatal automobile accident right outside of Havana, Cuba. The automobile in which our sister and other passengers traveled in was struck head on by a government transport truck. The taxi driver unfortunately passed away and all other four passengers were left in critical condition. Our sister, along with the others were rushed to the hospital in Havana. All four surviving passengers are stable at the moment. However, the injuries that they each sustained have been life threatening. Our sister’s boyfriend, John Fox, was transported back to the United States on Saturday, August 8th, 2015. He works for Northrop Grumman, a global security company based out of Melbourne, Florida. His company was able to airlift him to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida. However, they were unable to transport our sister due to lack of health insurance. Northrop Grumman advised Barbara’s family that they could transport her back to the United States but at a cost of $50,000.

Fortunately, Caridad Jimenez, Barbara’s sister, was able to travel to Cuba on August 4th, 2015 to be with her and the other family members. However, her parents were unable to do this, due to a recently expired passport and a residency card problem. In order to address and resolve this matter, her parents flew out to Washington D.C. August 12th, 2015 to meet with the Cuban Embassy. The Cuban Embassy was able to assist her parents in expediting their passports and the renewal was granted. Her parents then traveled back to Immokalee, Florida on August 14th, 2015. On August 17th, 2015 the family was finally able to be reunited with Barbara. 

Whilst in Cuba the American Embassy reached out to John Fox, and they assisted his parents in the transportation of his body back to the U.S. However, the American Embassy did not make any contact with Barbara’s family whilst in Cuba until a fortunate run-in with one of the Embassy’s representative. The individual from the American Embassy the family got in contact with is called Jorge Solares. 

Our sister is currently at the Hospital Hermanos Almeijeiras in Havana, Cuba. Maria, Walter and John while in Cuba were admitted into the Hospital Carlos J. Finlay, also in Havana, Cuba.
 
 Barbara’s parents ideally wish to have our sister transported back to the United States. However, due to lack of health insurance and her current medical state they have been unable to do so. We are asking for guidance and direction during this very difficult time. We are exhausting our resources and attempting to reach out to all that may be able to shed some light on this tragedy. Any assistance provided would be greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate in reaching out to Caridad Jimenez. She is best reached via email at jimenezcaridad4@gmail.com. Thank you for all of your contributions and well wishes during this tough time.


Sincerely,

The Beta Gamma Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated




"So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, it is when things seem the worst that you mustn't quit, DON'T QUIT!"


Articles: 

WUSF News:
http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/usf-sorority-raises-funds-classmate-cuban-hospital#stream/0

ABC Action News: http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-tampa/usf-senior-stranded-in-cuba-after-terrible-car-wreck

FOX News:
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/29861856/usf-student-seriously-injured-in-car-crash-stranded-in-cuba

Univision:
http://www.univision.com/miami/noticias/accidente-de-trafico/viaje-de-placer-a-cuba-se-volvio-pesadilla-video

Channel 10 News: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2015/08/23/usf/32239313/

Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/without-health-insurance-usf-student-hurt-in-cuba-crash-cant-return-home/2242414

USF Oracle:
http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/1010204/Bring-Barbie-Home

CubaNet -Original Article: https://www.cubanet.org/destacados/un-muerto-y-cuatro-heridos-en-accidente-de-transito/
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Update 3
10 months ago

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Hello everyone. We wanted to give you some updates on our sister Barbara "Barbie" Jimenez as some time has passed since we provided one. At this time we are happy to inform you all that Barbie is doing amazing! She's currently receiving speech, occupational, and physical outpatient therapy at Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Florida. She's been responding favorably to therapy and her recovery has been going well. Barbie has made great strides and doctors are optimistic and expecting a full recovery! We are hoping that she'll return to the University of South Florida for the Fall 2016 semester.

As for Barbie's boyfriend, John Fox, his recovery is also going well. He's begun outpatient rehabilitative therapy in Naples, Florida. Barbie's aunt and cousin are also doing well. They have been discharged from the hospital and are receiving outpatient care in Cuba. We couldn't be any happier to share this news with you!

At this time the campaign will be ending and the current funds raised will be used to cover some of Barbara's medical expenses. Once again, thank you all for your generosity, kindness, and support for our sister. Without each and everyone of you this wouldn't have been possible. You are truly angels on Earth! May God bless you all.

Sincerely,

The Beta Gamma Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated
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Update 1
13 months ago

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On August 26th, 2015, a press conference regarding Barbara (Barbie) Jimenez was held at the University of South Florida by President Judy Genshaft, U.S. congressman David Jolly, and her older sister, Caridad Jimenez. It is with overwhelming joy that we announce that Barbie will soon be transported back home to Florida. Mike Honeycutt, co-owner of JET I.C.U., stated that his company will bring Barbie back to the States at no cost to the Jimenez Family. JET I.C.U. is a company out of Hernando County that provides international medical transport. Barbie will continue to receive medical treatment at Tampa General Hospital. Despite the many serious injuries she has suffered thus far, doctors expect Barbie to fully recover in the future. Although JET I.C.U. has graciously stepped up to the plate with transportation. we will still continue to fundraise to cover any costs associated with her recovery here in the United States. The Beta Gamma chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. would like to thank everyone for their kind words of encouragement, donations, and for the tremendous support we have received regarding Barbie's accident throughout the Tampa Bay community.
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$24,137 of $75k goal

Raised by 550 people in 14 months
Created August 6, 2015
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