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Selfless passenger Tony Aldapa tried to save a fellow traveler who had collapsed with COVID-19 symptoms aboard a United Airlines flight earlier this week, KCBS-TV reports. Now one of those who came to the rescue is sick.
EMT Tony Aldapa told the TV station that he and two other passengers on the plane gave the man about an hour of CPR.
“Seeing someone in a bad place was second nature, you are trying to get them out of a bad place,” Aldapa told KCBS-TV. “For about 45 minutes, we were three people doing chest compressions.”
According to TMZ, some precautions have been taken, such as using a compressible oxygen bag and mask instead of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Still, Aldapa wrote on Twitter that “he spent the rest of the flight on his own term and with that man’s urine.”
On a flight from Orlando to Los Angeles, the plane was diverted to New Orleans, where the sick passenger was rushed to hospital. He died later, KCBS-TV reports.
Aldapa told KCBS-TV that the traveler spoke to his wife and confirmed that her husband has symptoms of COVID-19 and is planning a test in Los Angeles.
“He told me he had symptoms, he was out of breath and wanted to take him home, and they are planning to have a test this week,” Aldapa told the TV channel.
Now Aldapa says he is starting to experience symptoms of COVID-19.
“Essentially, I feel like a train hit,” he told KCBS-TV. “I coughed, my whole body is still aching, a headache.”
However, Aldapa said that he did not regret helping.
“I could not just sit in vain and watch someone die,” Aldapa wrote on Twitter, as I knew I had the knowledge, education and experience to help. He added: “I knew the risks of doing CPR to someone with potentially COVIDs, but I still chose to do so.”
United Airlines told the man that he initially suffered from cardiac arrest, but is expecting additional information about the possibility of COVID-19.
“We share the requested information with (CDC) so they can work with local health officials to reach any customer that the CDC believes may be at risk of possible exposure or infection,” the airline told KCBS-TV.
Airline passengers must document that they have not tested positive for COVID-19 prior to flights and have not had symptoms in the past 14 days.
Megan Hubbard, a passenger in flight, told the TV station that the man’s wife told her that the week before the trip, her husband tested positive for COVID-19.
“We’ve all heard that everyone around us tested for COVID last week and has symptoms such as breathing difficulties, loss of taste, and loss of smell,” Hubbard told KCBS-TV. It seemed to be having trouble breathing. He didn’t look good at all. “