A doctor on board? USA surgeon general helps passenger on flight

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When the flight staff of Delta flight 1827 needed a doctor, they got one: The "nation's doctor".

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams answered the call of duty Wednesday when a medical emergency broke out on a Delta flight bound for Jackson Mississippi.

Dr. Adams tweeted Wednesday that he stepped up when the crew on his flight asked if there was a doctor on board to help the passenger.

Adams says the patient doing well and, like a good public health service doctor, he was happy to assist.

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

The condition of the passenger was not immediately clear, though Adams tweeted "patient doing well". "Medical assistance was provided by the U.S. Surgeon General who worked with our flight crew to aid the customer", the company said in a statement.

Adams, an anesthesiologist, was headed to Jackson to take part in a panel discussion Thursday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center about opioid abuse.

The surgeon general oversees the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a group of more than 6,700 uniformed officer public health professionals.

The vice admiral, an anesthesiologist, was traveling to MS for a panel discussion on opioid abuse, ABC News reported.

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