A medic gave CPR to a person with COVID-19 on a flight. He had symptoms of the virus for days, but says he has no regrets.
Tony Aldapa, a Los Angeles-based EMT, earlier this month helped perform CPR on a United passenger who was later revealed to have COVID-19. WABC
Paramedic Tony Aldapa performed CPR on Isaias Hernandez, 62, when he had a medical emergency on a flight last week.
Hernandez later died and was found to have COVID-19 when he experienced the medical emergency.
Aldapa had COVID-19 symptoms for days after the event but tested negative for the virus three times.
He told Insider that he would step in without hesitation to help Hernandez on the flight.
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A paramedic who performed CPR on a man who had COVID-19 on a United Airlines flight last week says he has no regrets.
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Tony Aldapa, a licensed paramedic and veteran in the emergency room at the Los Angeles Veterans Hospital, told Insider he did not know the man he was helping had COVID-19 at the time but stepped in without hesitation to help help.
"It didn't really matter," he told Insider. "I've already followed logs, quarantined, and still got tested."
Aldapa had given CPR to Isaias Hernandez, 62, who had a medical emergency on December 14 on a flight from Orlando to Los Angeles.
The emergency resulted in the flight being diverted to New Orleans, where Hernandez was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. He was later confirmed to have COVID-19 when the Washington Post reported that he had died from the virus and acute respiratory failure.
Aldapa went into quarantine after the flight. He said he had had COVID-19 symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, headaches and coughs for several days, but after three negative tests, he didn't think he had the virus.
"Looking back, I wouldn't change my actions, but I may have moved up earlier," he said while helping Hernandez on Twitter. "Knowing that I had the knowledge, training and experience to help, I could not have sat idle and watched someone die."
A United Airlines Boeing 767-300ER. Lukas Wunderlich / Shutterstock.com
United had originally said Hernandez died of cardiac arrest, despite Hernandez's wife telling another EMT that her husband had COVID-19 symptoms such as loss of taste and smell.
A United official previously told Business Insider that Hernandez had failed to inform the airline that he was experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and that the staff are now working with health officials to contact passengers who were on the flight .
"After the CDC contacts us directly, we will share the requested information with the agency so that they can work with local health authorities to reach customers who the CDC believes are at risk for possible exposure or infection "said a spokesman last week.
Aldapa said he would like other people to help Hernandez get recognized too
Aldapa told Insider that he would like the other people who helped Hernandez to be recognized as well, and said he wasn't the first to stand up.
"I was just helping the other two people who got up first. I feel like they deserve a lot more praise than me," he said. "Unfortunately, I'm the one who got into the spotlight. I saw an interview with the gentleman who helped. I wish I knew the name of the nurse who helped so that she would get recognition." . "
He also hopes to get in touch with Hernandez's wife to offer his condolences.
In the meantime, he said he'll get all of his updates from the event by reading and watching the news.
He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had not yet reached him.
In a statement to CBS Los Angeles, the CDC said it was "in the process of gathering information and following our Standard Operating Instructions to determine whether further public health measures are appropriate".
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