Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Surgeon general comes to aid of passenger on Delta flight

Surgeon general comes to aid of passenger on Delta flight

It was an awesome case of being in the right place at the right time, when the U.S. Surgeon General responded to calls for help aboard a Delta flight Wednesday evening.

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".

Adams tweeted that a call went out requesting a doctor. Fortunately, the U.S. Surgeon General was on board and was able to assist the flight crew with the patient.

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

Delta said in a statement Adams intervened when a passenger became ill.

Delta tweeted him back thanking Adams for "volunteering as well as your service".

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According to local news station WAPT, Adams was headed to speak at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Thursday to address the Trump administration's fight against the opioid epidemic. As surgeon general, he 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.

Adams was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence in September 2017.

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