Delta said in a statement Adams intervened when a passenger became ill.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was on the right plane at the right time. Fortunately, the U.S. Surgeon General was on board and was able to assist the flight crew with the patient.
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.
"The truth is, there are doctors, nurses and techs who step up each and every day to respond to emergencies on flights, and they ALL should be recognized and thanked", Adams wrote.
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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.
"Thanks for your service and assistance", Delta told Adams in a tweet. It was the first advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General in 13 years, and such advisories are only issued when faced a major public health problem which requires urgent action.
By training, Adams is an anaesthesiologist and was earlier a health commissioner in IN, before becoming the US Surgeon General.