A 32-yr-old Los Angeles paramedic had to jump into service after a passenger on a United Airlines flight suffered cardiac arrest in mid-flight on Monday, December 14th. TMZ received an exclusive video of the rescue efforts during that Orlando to LAX flight that was diverted to New Orleans.
The man later died and the Louisiana coroner has now confirmed that the 69-yr-old man died of COVID-19.
EMT Tony Aldapa is the hero who jumped in. Earlier this week, he spoke to FOX 11 on Skype while quarantined at home. He was quick to distract the praise. Instead, he praised the crew members who began CPR. “In my eyes, they are definitely heroes. I was just helping out.”
There were reports circulating that the passenger’s wife told people that her husband had symptoms similar to COVID before the flight. People were outraged that the man was allowed to board the plane. But Aldapa said if he had prior knowledge he would not have changed his actions or feelings to help.
The paramedic was tested for covid after the incident and somehow tested negative even though he gave the man CPR.
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