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.”
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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.