Surgeon General Attends To Medical Emergency On Delta Flight

Surgeon General aided traveler with ‘medical emergency’ during flight

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.

Jerome Adams was en route to Jackson, Mississippi for a panel on the opioid epidemic when the incident occurred and tweeted about the experience afterward.

The United States surgeon general answered a call for help aboard a flight to Atlanta this week, he said.

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 and the two nurses accompanied the patient to the gate, where the medics were waiting. "Medical assistance was provided by the U.S. Surgeon General who worked with our flight crew to aid the customer", the company said in a statement.

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"They asked if there was a doctor on board to help with a medical emergency", Adams said in a tweet.

The vice admiral, an anesthesiologist, was traveling to MS for a panel discussion on opioid abuse, ABC News reported.

Delta's official Twitter account also responded to the tweet, saying, "We certainly thank you for volunteering as well as for your service".

Among the expressions of congratulatory appreciation for the doctor was Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

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