USA surgeon general says he assisted in medical emergency on Delta flight

Henrietta Strickland
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.

Adams tweeted that a call went out requesting a doctor. Lauderdale, Florida to Jackson, Mississippi via Atlanta when a passenger lost consciousness on the tarmac prior to takeoff, a department of Health and Human Services spokesperson told 11Alive.

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

Last Wednesday, passengers on a Delta flight were waiting for the plane to take off at the Lauerdale-Hollywood International Airport when flight crew alerted of a medical emergency.

"Hello, Wow! We certainly thank you for volunteering as well as your service". Adams assisted the passenger out of the plane and even contacted the patient's spouse to relay what had happened. 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!"

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

Adams, an anesthesiologist, was headed to Jackson to take part in a panel discussion Thursday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center about opioid abuse. He took office on September 5.

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