Surgeon General aided traveler with 'medical emergency' during flight

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 17, 2018

On Wednesday, the "nation's doctor" Jerome Adams was awaiting take off on a Delta flight at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when the flight crew alerted the cabin to a medical emergency.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told ABC News the flight crew asked for help when a passenger lost consciousness while the flight was waiting to take off, and Adams stepped in and was assisted by two nurses.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams responded to a medical emergency while on board a flight going to Mississippi.

The patient woke up, and Adams determined it was best for the plane to return to the gate and for the patient to go to a hospital for further evaluation. Adams called the patient's spouse and explained the situation. "Why yes - yes there was". Adams says he gave assistance to someone on a Delta Air Lines flight to Jackson, Miss., Wednesday. Fellow Twitter users also flooded his tweet with positive comments, saying he was in the right place at the right time. "Patient doing well and like a good USPHS officer, I was glad to be able to assist!"

According to the Clarion-Ledger, Adams was flying to Jackson to visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center Thursday to discuss the opioid epidemic.

The doctor said he was proud to represent his agency, the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He took office September 5.

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