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Surgeon general helps patient with medical emergency aboard Delta flight

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.

The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, jumped in Wednesday, when a passenger aboard a Delta flight lost consciousness.

Since the tweet, a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman confirmed that Adams and two nurses responded and were able to revive the patient, who was sent to a hospital and is now "doing well".

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

It is not clear at this time what the medical emergency was, but Delta released a statement which said Adams helped when hearing a passenger needed medical attention. He also went on to thank the "doctors, nurses, and techs who step up each and every day to respond to emergencies on flights".

According to the Jackson, Mississippi, 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, who praised the doctor for his good deed.

Delta Air Lines has reached out to thank him for volunteering his services.

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

Sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence in 2017, he also is a certified anesthesiologist and served Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017.

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