Raised in Cuba, Jesse Fernandez-Miro came to Miami in 1991, never imagining he'd land in the hospital for three months. Struck by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle, he languished in a coma for 37 days at Jackson Hospital. "They put me back together," he said.
Jackson also billed Fernandez-Miro about $700,000, which he says he's paying back "as I can." The experience led him to apply for a job with Enroll America, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading the word about the Affordable Care Act.
He also never imagined he'd be featured in an ad campaign just launched by his employer.
"I try to connect with people on a personal level, and don't mind sharing my story," said the Enroll America organizer who focuses on the west side of Miami-Dade County. To be honest, a lot of people are not aware of what the ACA is. That's the whole goal, to come out of the gate and spread the message."