Brandon woman in coma after couple injured in car crash in Colombia – Manitoba

A Brandon, Man., woman is in a Colombian hospital with serious injuries after she and eight other people were involved in a car crash in the South American country last weekend.

Hollman Florez Gamez says his mother, Rosa Gamez, and father, Hector Jaime, were visiting family in Colombia over the holidays. 

Gamez said he and his three sisters, who live in Brandon, were told their parents were riding in a vehicle last Sunday near the rural community of Aranzazu when it suffered a mechanical issue, slid down a hill, hit a fence and rolled.

“My first thought was we’ve got to travel over there to see what’s happening,” he told CBC News on Friday. “We started praying.” 

Hollman Florez Gamez said he and his three sisters would like to travel to Colombia to be with their mother, who could be in hospital for up to three months. (Riley Laychuk/CBC )

Gamez said his dad suffered several cuts to his face, an ankle injury and two broken teeth in the crash. His mom has a broken pelvis, a hand injury and internal abdominal injuries. 

She was rushed to hospital and has had two surgeries, and is now in an induced coma, Gamez said. 

“He tries to stay strong,” Gamez said of his father. “He says he doesn’t like to think about it because all of the images and everything comes into mind.” 

According to a Colombian media report, the vehicle rolled about 100 metres. One person died in the crash, the report said. 

Siblings saved money for parents’ trip 

Gamez said he and his sisters saved up last year and paid for their parents to go to their home country for the holidays.

Hector Jaime and Rosa Gamez were on holidays in Colombia when they were involved in a serious car crash last Sunday. (Submitted by Hollman Florez Gamez)

His father, who has lived in Canada for about 10 years, works at the Maple Leaf Foods plant in Brandon. Gamez, his mother and his siblings moved to the southwestern Manitoba city eight years ago. 

Gamez, a full-time student at…

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