Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

U.S. surgeon general aids fellow passenger during in-flight medical emergency

U.S. surgeon general aids fellow passenger during in-flight medical emergency

Dr. Jerome Adams was aboard flight 1827 from Ft.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, helped a fellow passenger who had a medical emergency during a flight to Jackson, Miss., May 16, CNN reported.

The surgeon general oversees the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a group of more than 6,700 uniformed officer public health professionals.

Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman, Kate Migliaccio-Grabill said, Adams and two nurses responded after a person lost consciousness when the plane was on the ground in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Adams tweeted Wednesday that he stepped up when the crew on his flight asked if there was a doctor on board to help the passenger. Although Adams was successful in regaining the consciousness of the passenger, he thought that it would be necessary to take the passenger back to the gate and get the patient evaluated at the hospital.

The Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant also tweeted: "Nice job, Dr. Adams!"

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the Surgeon General's office but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant praised the anesthesiologist and former IN health commissioner.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, Adams was flying to Jackson to visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center Thursday to discuss the opioid epidemic. He took office on September 5.

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