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Surgeon general assists passenger who had medical emergency on Delta flight

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams was on the right plane at the right time.

On Wednesday afternoon, Adams was waiting for his Delta flight to take off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when the crew asked if there was a doctor on board. A passenger had lost consciousness, the surgeon general's office said, and required medical assistance. Adams jumped up and said he was a doctor, and while the passenger did regain consciousness, Adams told the crew the plane needed to return to the gate so the passenger could go to the hospital. He then called the person's spouse and explained what was happening.

The passenger is doing well, CBS News reports, and Adams tweeted he was "glad to be able to assist." Adams was en route to Jackson, Mississippi, where he will speak about opioids at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Thursday.