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.
On my @Delta flight to Jackson, Mississippi (by way of Atlanta), and they asked if there was a Doctor on board to help with a medical emergency- why yes- yes there was. Patient doing well and like a good #USPHS officer, I was glad to be able to assist! pic.twitter.com/N9HdY3py6G
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) May 16, 2018
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. Catherine Garcia