Surgeon General, former Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams saves person on plane

Posted at 7:44 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 19:44:55-04

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — 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.

Dr. Jerome Adams says he gave assistance to someone on a Delta Air Lines jet headed Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi.

Adams tweeted the call went out requesting a doctor. He didn’t give details about the emergency but says the person is now doing well and like a good public health service doctor, he was happy to assist.

A Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman confirmed the tweet came from Adams.

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Adams, an anesthesiologist, was traveling to Mississippi ahead of public events Thursday, including a panel discussion on opioid abuse.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant later tweeted back: “Nice job, Dr. Adams!”

Adams served as an Indiana State Health Commissioner before his appointment as the U.S. Surgeon General last August. He is the 20th U.S. Surgeon General to hold the position. 

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