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Surgeon General aided traveler with ‘medical emergency’ during flight

Modal Trigger Dr. Jerome Adams AP

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.

A Delta Air Lines plane was about to take off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when a passenger on board lost consciousness, Wednesday.

When the call went out for a doctor on board, the US surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight.

However, Adams said that it was a part of his duty and he was glad to assist the passenger.

After tweeting about the incident, Adams added in a Facebook post that he was one of three medical professionals on board the flight who helped the patient. "Medical assistance was provided by the U.S. Surgeon General who worked with our flight crew to aid the customer", Delta confirmed in a statement.

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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.

Delta also responded to the tweet thanking Adams for volunteering to step in during the scary situation.

Gov. Phil Bryant said MS law enforcement officers have revived 43 people in the past nine months with naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdose.

According to local news affiliate WAPT, Adams is heading to Mississippi to speak at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Thursday, where he will address the Trump administration's policies dedicated to fighting the opioid crisis.

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