Surgeon General aided traveler with 'medical emergency' during flight

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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.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was on a flight to Jackson, Mississippi when he helped another passenger who was having a medical emergency.

A broadly smiling Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., the surgeon general of the United States, took to Twitter on Wednesday to deliver a bit of happy news.

In a tweet, Delta thanked Adams for his assistance.

Adams also called the patient's spouse to explain what happened, the spokeswoman said.

The department of Health and Human services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When the flight staff of Delta flight 1827 needed a doctor, they got one: The "nation's doctor". The spokesperson said that the passenger regained consciousness, but Adams recommended the individual still be taken to a hospital.

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

The surgeon general oversees the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a group of more than 6,700 uniformed officer public health professionals.

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

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant tweeted back at the surgeon general: "Nice job, Dr. Adams!"