US Surgeon General helps passenger with medical emergency on flight to Jackson

US Surgeon General helps passenger with medical emergency on flight to Jackson

Last Wednesday, passengers on a Delta flight were waiting for the plane to take off at the Lauerdale-Hollywood International Airport when flight crew alerted of a medical emergency.

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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOregon governor to face state rep in November Ashford, Eastman neck and neck in Nebraska Dem primary Progressive pick Wild wins Dem primary for Pa. House seat MORE nominated Adams to be surgeon general a year ago, after Adams previously served as Indiana's state health commissioner.

Evidently, the medical emergency was prompted by a passenger who suddenly lost consciousness.

According to the Jackson, Miss., Clarion Ledger, Adams was headed to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson to discuss the opioid epidemic with a panel of experts and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R), who praised the doctor for his good deed.

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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.

Flight staff called for help, and Adams, along with two nurses, stepped in to help evaluate the passenger.

"Hello, Wow! We certainly thank you for volunteering as well as your service".

The #USPHS to which he referred is the United States Public Health Services Commissioned Corps.

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