United States surgeon general aids fellow passenger during in-flight medical emergency

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

Dr. Adams intervened when a passenger became ill during the flight, Delta said in a statement to CNN. "We went back to the gate and transitioned care over", said Adams.

On Wednesday Jerome Adams, the US surgeon general, tweeted that Delta staff on his flight to Jackson, Mississippi, asked if there was a doctor on board to assist in a medical emergency.

It was not immediately clear what situation Adams was referring to and what happened on the flight. He says the patient is doing well. "Again, I was just very honored to be able to be part of a team that included two nurses to help respond and potentially save this person's life".

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After the patient woke up, Adams said it was best the plane return to the gate, and for the patient to be taken to the hospital for further evaluation. "Delta thanks the Surgeon General for volunteering his services in assisting this customer". "Medical assistance was provided by the U.S. Surgeon General who worked with our flight crew to aid the customer", Delta confirmed in a statement.

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