John Lewis thanks Delta flight team after his illness on flight

John Lewis thanks Delta flight team after his illness on flight
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Rep. John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down John Lewis, José Andrés among Sunday's Oscar presenters Dems want info from IRS about new tax forms MORE (D-Ga.) offered his thanks to the Delta Air Lines flight crew who helped him when he became ill on a flight last week.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Thursday that Lewis met with the flight crew on Wednesday and presented them with congressional certificates of appreciation.

The lawmaker and Civil Rights leader was hospitalized after becoming ill during a flight from Detroit to Atlanta on Saturday.


“I want to thank the entire Delta flight team and the Delta attendants on the ground who helped me during this discomforting experience for their compassion and professionalism,” Lewis said, according to a Delta release.

Lewis, 78, was hospitalized for “routine observation” after the flight. He was released on Sunday with a "clean bill of health," according to his office.

The release from Delta stated that Lewis tried to walk off the flight on his own, but was advised against it.

“His status is not what was important during that moment, because every single customer deserves to be treated like that,” flight attendant Opal Doubleday said in a statement to AJC. “It’s a life, and we have a duty to help in any way possible. I am gracious for the opportunity to receive a token of appreciation from a man who has impacted so many lives.”