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"They asked if there was a doctor on board to help with a medical emergency — why yes — yes there was."

Cailey Rizzo
May 17, 2018

The U.S. Surgeon General responded to a medical emergency onboard a Delta flight on Thursday.

On Delta Flight 1827 from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta, a passenger lost consciousness while waiting for the flight to take off. 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.

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Flight crew asked the cabin if there were any doctors on board to assist with a medical emergency. “Why yes- yes there was,” Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams later tweeted.

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Adams, along with two nurses who also happened to be on board, responded to the medical emergency and the passenger regained consciousness, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told ABC News. Adams helped the passenger off the plane and telephoned their spouse with a recommendation to go to the hospital. Adams later reported that the patient was “doing well.”

Yesterday I had the good fortune to be part of a TEAM that responded to a medical emergency on a @Delta flight. The...

Posted by U.S. Surgeon General on Thursday, May 17, 2018

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. He also went on to thank the “doctors, nurses, and techs who step up each and every day to respond to emergencies on flights.”

The Delta flight took off from Fort Lauderdale at 5:14 p.m., about three hours after schedule.

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