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Surgeon General to the Rescue for a Fellow Passenger

Surgeon General to the Rescue for a Fellow Passenger

When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. Surgeon General says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted some details of the "medical emergency" Wednesday afternoon. Fortunately, the U.S. Surgeon General was on board and was able to assist the flight crew with the patient.

The surgeon general has little power beyond the ability to call attention to serious public health problems and offer information and policy suggestions.

Lauderdale, Florida to Jackson, Mississippi via Atlanta when a passenger lost consciousness on the tarmac prior to takeoff, a department of Health and Human Services spokesperson told 11Alive.

A Delta airlines plane is seen on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport
A Delta airlines plane is seen on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport

The spokesperson said that the passenger regained consciousness, but Adams recommended the individual still be taken to a hospital.

And Delta Airlines tweeted their gratitude right back at him. He or she oversees the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, more than 6,600 uniformed public health-care personnel who work in various parts of the federal government.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant also offered up praise, tweeting, "Nice job, Dr. Adams!" on Wednesday.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, Adams was flying to Jackson to visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center Thursday to discuss the opioid epidemic.