US Surgeon General helps sick passenger on flight

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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.

Adams tweeted that he was aboard a Delta Airlines flight to Jackson, Mississippi, when the crew asked for a doctor to help them with a "medical emergency". He and the two nurses escorted the passenger to the gate, where medical staff were waiting.

Delta also responded to the tweet thanking Adams for volunteering to step in during the scary situation.

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. "Why yes - yes there was". Adams, who has served as surgeon general since September 2017, tweeted that he 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.

According to the Jackson, Miss., Clarion Ledger, Adams was headed to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson to discuss the opioid epidemic with a panel of experts and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who praised the doctor for his good deed.

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