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Surgeon General aided traveler with 'medical emergency' during flight

Surgeon General aided traveler with 'medical emergency' during flight

When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. Surgeon General says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight. Adams said he alerted the attendants that he was indeed a doctor and assisted in the medical emergency. Fortunately, the U.S. Surgeon General was on board and was able to assist the flight crew with the patient. Neither the doctor nor the airline revealed what the passenger's medical issue was.

Evidently, the medical emergency was prompted by a passenger who suddenly lost consciousness.

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

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.

A Delta airlines plane is seen on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport
A Delta airlines plane is seen on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport

Adams was on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta to catch a connecting flight to Mississippi's capital city.

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. There is no word on what exactly caused the patient to lose consciousness or how he or she is now doing, but in Adams' tweet, he stated that the patient is doing well.

Adams and two nurses responded, said Kate Migliaccio-Grabill, a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman.

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