Sen. Marco Rubio’s daughter recovering from concussion

Amanda Rubio, daughter of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, was airlifted to Miami Children’s Hospital on Saturday after she was involved in a golf-cart accident in a private gated community.

The 12-year-old girl was in fair condition in a pediatric intensive care unit Saturday night. Rubio was notified of the accident after coming off stage while campaigning with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Kissimmee. Rubio left the campaign trail to return to Miami.

At Miami Children’s Hospital late Saturday, Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, a family friend, said Amanda had suffered from a concussion.

“She had a concussion. She’s doing better,” Sosa said. “And we thank everyone for your prayers and your support for the family. And we hope that she’s going to be OK very soon.”

She added that “the family is next to her, and he (Rubio) is already in the hospital,” said Sosa.

Rubio was in Romney’s motorcade on Interstate 4 headed toward Tampa, when the motorcade stopped in the Seffner area around 6:45 p.m. so Rubio could leave. He had been scheduled to campaign with Romney in Land O’Lakes Saturday night. Romney campaign press secretary Andrea Saul said in a statement, “Governor Romney spoke with Senator Rubio and expressed his concern and hope for Amanda Rubio’s quick recovery.” He and his wife also received calls from President Obama and Vice President Biden.

Rubio has four children. Amanda is the eldest. Rubio has kept his family in his hometown, preferring to commute between Washington and his home in West Miami. When he served in Tallahassee as a state legislator, part of his office at one point was converted into a playroom for his children. One reason Rubio was relieved about not being chosen as Romney’s running mate was so that he could spend more time with his wife and children.

Read more Top Stories stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category