BELMOND, Iowa – “It was very hectic at the hospital as soon as we got there they pretty much torn my kids away from me. they said they go this way you go that way, kind of scared what was going to happen didn’t know when I’d see them again. The whole place was surrounded by cops it seemed like scene out a movie,” said Stephanie Hernandez.
It was supposed to be a routine morning for the family of Stephanie Hernandez .
So you can imagine her panic when she got a call from school leaders Thursday morning saying her children needed to go to the emergency room at Iowa Specialty Hospital.
Her two kids Bianca and Tristan were on that bus that may have been sprayed by a passing crop duster.
“I saw one over there I was like why was that plane over there, I was like I don’t know,” said 7-year-old Tristan.
“I didn’t know until we came to school. They said everyone on our bus has to go to the office. By the time we got to the nurses office we still didn’t know what was going on, we asked her and she said we got crop dusted while on the bus,” said 11-year-old Bianca.
And for their mother Stephanie, hearing all this wasn’t comforting.
“I was worried of any inhalation, any kind of issues they have had with this going on,” said Stephanie.
And while her children have shown no symptoms of any chemical exposure-they were not allowed to take their clothing when leaving the hospital.
It’s a situation that’s leaving parents like Stephanie with many unanswered questions.
“Doctor said they checked out ok but just to keep an eye out for certain symptoms or anything that might happen and if anything does occur to bring them back right away. I’m just kind of worried what the future holds,” said Stephanie.
Parents are being told to watch for certain symptoms like red eyes and a cough.
That could indicate possible exposure to a chemical.