Surgeon General aided traveler with 'medical emergency' during flight

Grant Boone
May 17, 2018

It was an awesome case of being in the right place at the right time, when the U.S. Surgeon General responded to calls for help aboard a Delta flight Wednesday evening.

Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, says he assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi. Adams called the patient's spouse and explained the situation.

Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said in an email statement that "Prior to takeoff, Delta flight 1827 from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta returned to the gate following a customer illness".

The passenger eventually regained consciousness, but HHS staff said Adams ultimately determined it was necessary to go back to the gate and have the person evaluated at the hospital. "Medical assistance was provided by the U.S. Surgeon General who worked with our flight crew to aid the customer".

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According to the surgeon general's office, a passenger had lost consciousness and the crew asked for help. "Thank you so much for sharing this with us".

Adams, who has served as surgeon general since September of a year ago, is an anesthesiologist, according to his official biography.

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.

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