Jimenez, known as Barbie to her friends, is coming back to the United States.

“We want to help Barbara. We have the ability to transport her home [and] provide for her medical care,” Congressman David Jolly said.

On Wednesday, Congressman Jolly announced the University of South Florida student from Immokalee would receive free transportation from Air Ambulance Service EMED JAMAICA to Tampa General Hospital.

On August 3rd, Barbie was injured in a car crash in Cuba while visiting family. She went into a coma, but is not out if and recovering. Her friends were raising thousands of dollars to help pay for her trip home.

“It was really a great thing to hear that she was getting better, and also going to be able to come back and continue her recovery,” said Jorge Perez, Tutor Corps. College coordinator.

Jorge Perez works at the Guadalupe Center, where Barbie received college guidance services. She checked in with Perez right before she left for Cuba.

“She was like ‘Oh, I’m going to go to Cuba. It’s probably going to be really hard for you to get in touch with me.’ So she left her information to get ready to start the fall semester,” said Perez.

“There really is no greater role model than a student who can come back into a classroom and lead the class and talk about their experiences,” said Megan McCarthy with the Guadalupe Center.

McCarthy says Barbie was teaching 2nd grade students about world cultures this summer. Barbie herself was interning in Tallahassee in the legislature this spring and is interested in politics and law.

It’s only fitting that EMED JAMAICA AIR AMBULANCE helped bring her home.

“She has a lot more to do in this world and has a lot more people to help,” said Pres & CEO Duane Boise.

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