On Wednesday, Jerome Adams, the USA surgeon general, tweeted that Delta staff on his flight to Jackson, Miss., asked if there was a doctor on board to assist in a medical emergency.
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.
The condition of the passenger was not immediately clear, though Adams tweeted "patient doing well".
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. "Why yes - yes there was".
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Delta's official Twitter account also responded to the tweet, saying, "We certainly thank you for volunteering as well as for your service. Patient doing well and like a good #USPHS officer, I was glad to be able to assist!", Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams tweeted on Wednesday.
Adams was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence in September 2017.
The doctor said he was proud to represent his agency, the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
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.