A doctor on board? USA surgeon general helps passenger on flight

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams saves the day when airline passenger suffers medical emergency

The U.S. Surgeon General found himself in the right place at the right time after Delta Air Lines staff asked for a doctor's assistance during an onboard medical emergency Wednesday.

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

The department of Health and Human services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Delta Airlines thanked the Surgeon General for his help in a statement and in a tweet.

Delta tweeted him back thanking Adams for "volunteering as well as your service". Adams assisted the passenger out of the plane and even contacted the patient's spouse to relay what had happened.

The Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant also tweeted: "Nice job, Dr. Adams!" He further wrote, "Patient doing well and like a good #USPHS officer, I was glad to be able to assist!" 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.

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Dr. Adams will be at UMMC in Jackson Thursday to discuss the opioid epidemic and what steps the administration and federal government are taking to address it.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant praised the anesthesiologist and former IN health commissioner.

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

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