Doctor on Board? Yes, the Surgeon General

Jerome Adams helps unconscious passenger
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2018 9:40 AM CDT
Doctor on Board? Yes, the Surgeon General
A file photo of Dr. Jerome Adams, the US surgeon general.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

A reminder that the US surgeon general is himself a doctor: Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Miss. It seems a person lost consciousness when the plane was on the ground in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Adams and two nurses responded, says a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman. 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, per the AP.

"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," tweeted Adams. "I was glad to be able to assist!" Adams also called the patient's spouse to explain what happened. He later got thank-you tweets from the airline and from Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who wrote, "Nice job, Dr Adams!" per the Clarion-Ledger.

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