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Surgeon General responds to call for Doctor on Delta flight

Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams. Photo by News Mississippi.

Is there a doctor on board? That’s the question that went out over the speakers of a Delta flight headed for Jackson earlier this week when a passenger lost consciousness while on the ground in Florida.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams answered the call to help with the medical emergency and later tweeted about the event saying that the passenger was doing well and that he was glad he was able to assist.

Delta Airlines tweeted back at Dr. Adams thanking him for his service and assistance on the flight.

A Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman, Kate Migliaccio-Grabill, confirmed that U.S Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, along with two nurses, responded to a call for emergency help from the Delta flight crew while they were awaiting departure on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Migliaccio-Grabill said that an individual had lost consciousness and the crew asked for assistance in evaluating.  The patient regained consciousness, but the Surgeon General ultimately determined it was necessary to go back to the gate and have the patient evaluated in the hospital.

She added that the Surgeon General called the patients spouse and explained the situation. The Surgeon General and two nurses escorted the patient off the plane and transitioned care to the medics who were called to the gate. The patient was reportedly stable and thankful for the help.

Governor Phil Bryant also tweeted back to the Surgeon General saying “Nice job, Dr. Adams!”

Dr. Adams serves as the 20th Surgeon General of the United States and is a board-certified anesthesiologist. He was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence in September 2017 and was on his way to speak at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to participate in a panel on the opioid epidemic in Mississippi.



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