Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Finance | By Marshall Campbell

Surgeon General Jerome Adams aids medical emergency on flight

Surgeon General Jerome Adams aids medical emergency on flight

The flight was delayed for more than three hours and forced to return to the gate due to a "customer illness", the airline said in a statement.

On Wednesday afternoon, Adams was waiting for his Delta flight to take off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when the crew asked if there was a doctor on board.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, helped a fellow passenger who had a medical emergency during a flight to Jackson, Miss., May 16, CNN reported. He says the patient is doing well. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the drug temporarily reverses the effects of opioid overdoses.

Shortly after Dr. Adams posted the selfie, in which it appears he is still on board the plane, Delta replied - thanking him for volunteering, for his service, and for sharing the news.

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

Adams tweeted a call went out asking for a doctor, and he was happy to assist.

Sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence in 2017, he also is a certified anesthesiologist and served Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017.

Adams was flying to Jackson as he was scheduled to make a visit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Thursday to carry on discussions on what all steps the federal government and administration are taking to deal with opioid crisis.

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