US Surgeon General helps sick passenger on flight

Maricruz Casares
May 17, 2018

The Trump administration's surgeon general, Jerome Adams, intervened on board a Delta Airlines flight Wednesday from Atlanta to Jackson, Miss., to help a passenger having a medical emergency.

According to the surgeon general's office, a passenger had lost consciousness and the crew asked for help.

The condition of the passenger was not immediately clear, though Adams tweeted "patient doing well".

The surgeon general and two nurses escorted the patient off the plane and into the care of medics waiting at the gate.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted some details of the "medical emergency" Wednesday afternoon.

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The passenger eventually regained consciousness, but HHS staff said Adams ultimately determined it was necessary to go back to the gate and have the person evaluated at the hospital. "Why yes - yes there was".

But ultimately, Adams said he was just doing his duty and was "glad to be able to assist".

Shortly after Dr. Adams posted the selfie, in which it appears he is still on board the plane, Delta replied - thanking him for volunteering, for his service, and for sharing the news.

The #USPHS to which he referred is the United States Public Health Services Commissioned Corps.

After his visit to UMMC, Dr. Adams will visit the Harbor House Chemical Dependency Services in Byram to meet with staff who work daily to combat the opioid epidemic and residents of the facility who are there seeking help for addiction. He took office September 5.

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