AVENTURA, Fla. – A Jet Rescue Air Ambulance arrived at Miami International Airport on Thursday with a Miami man who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the infectious respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.
The Jet Rescue Air Ambulance flew to Saint-Martin, the northern French side of the Caribbean island, where the 63-year-old man was vacationing.
“The decision to intubate was because he was having severe difficulties breathing on his own,” said Shai Gold, of Jet Rescue Air Ambulance, adding “the ventilator keeps him alive”
An ambulance took the man from MIA to Aventura Hospital on Thursday evening. Gold said Jet Rescue Air Ambulance has transported 15 patients in about two weeks.
Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Derrick Clemons contributed to this report.