Injured USF Student Barbara Jimenez to return home
JET I.C.U., Tampa General Hospital, and community come together to bring injured USF student Barbara Jimenez home.
Seminole, FL – The Tampa Bay based air ambulance transport company JET I.C.U. has come forward and agreed to fly injured University of South Florida student Barbara Jimenez back to Florida from Cuba for free. Once she lands in Tampa, she will be taken to Tampa General Hospital.
Jimenez was injured in an accident earlier this month while she was visiting family in Cuba. The 22-year-old was in a coma for several days following the accident and did not have insurance or the funds to return home once her condition stabilized.
“It is our belief that one should give back to the community whenever possible, which is why we came forward to help. Fortunately, JET I.C.U. is blessed to be in a position to help Barbara and reunite her with her loving family and friends here in Tampa Bay,” said JET I.C.U. co-owner Mike Honeycut.
It is possible Jimenez could return to Tampa as early as Friday.
Following today’s announcement Jimenez’s sister Caridad released the following statement.
“First and foremost I wanted to thank my sorority and chapter sisters from Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated for being at the forefront of everything and taking the initiative to start the 'Gofundme' page while I was in Cuba with my sister. Also, a big thank you to Congressman David Jolly and his amazing staff for reaching out to me during a very difficult time. Thank you for connecting me to Bill and Mike Honeycutt from JET ICU. Bill and Mike, thank you for seeing my story on Channel 10 News and feeling compelled to help out. You guys are amazing! My family and I are forever grateful. Tampa General Hospital, thank you for accepting my sister into your care. I know she's in great hands. The community of USF, thank you for being an unyielding support system during this time. Go Bulls! I also wanted to thank Mike Fernandez from MBF Healthcare Partners,Congresswoman Kathy Castor and staff, Congressman Mario Diaz Balart and staff, and all family, friends, media, and press who helped out in more ways than one. Thank you all!!! My family and I are forever grateful. May God bless you all. And let's bring Barbie home!!”
Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) who connected JET I.C.U with the Jimenez family added, “This is about a community that gives back. I commend and thank the teams at JET I.C.U. and Tampa General Hospital for stepping forward to help Barbara and her family.”