EMT who gave CPR to man who died of COVID-19 on United flight now has symptoms

Tony Aldapa was filmed desperately performing CPR for 45 minutes on a fellow passenger who had fallen unconscious on the United flight last week. He says he has been experiencing symptoms since the flight

Tony Aldapa was filmed desperately performing CPR for 45 minutes on a fellow passenger who had fallen unconscious on the United flight last week. He says he has been experiencing symptoms since the flight

An EMT who gave CPR on a United flight to a man who fell ill and then later died of COVID-19 says he is now showing symptoms of the virus, which have left him feeling like he has been ‘hit by a train’. 

Tony Aldapa was filmed desperately performing CPR for 45 minutes on a fellow passenger who had fallen unconscious on the flight from Orlando to Los Angeles last week.

The man, 69, died in hospital after being taken off the flight when it made an emergency landing in New Orleans.  

Aldapa says he has been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms since the flight.   

‘Essentially I just feel like I got hit by a train,’ he said. ‘I had a cough, my whole body still hurts, I had a headache,’ Aldapa told CBS. 

He was scheduled to get the COVID-19 vaccine this Friday but is now quarantining awaiting the results of his coronavirus test.  

Aldapa was among the passengers who helped perform CPR on the passenger mid-flight

Aldapa was among the passengers who helped perform CPR on the passenger mid-flight

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