Surgeon General Attends To Medical Emergency On Delta Flight


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On Wednesday, the "nation's doctor" Jerome Adams was awaiting take off on a Delta flight at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when the flight crew alerted the cabin to a medical emergency.

"Why yes - yes there was", he recounted in the tweet.

Adams also called the patient's spouse to explain what happened, the spokeswoman said. "Patient doing well and like a good #USPHS officer, I was glad to be able to assist!", Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams tweeted on Wednesday.

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There's no word on what the medical emergency was, but the Surgeon General says the patient is doing well. Neither the doctor nor the airline revealed what the passenger's medical issue was.

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

The surgeon general has little power beyond the ability to call attention to serious public health problems and offer information and policy suggestions. He previously served as Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017.

According to the Clarion Ledger, Adams was flying to Jackson to visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Thursday to discuss the opioid epidemic and what steps the administration and federal government are taking to address it, according to UMMC officials.