Honolulu, Hawaii (Washington Insider Magazine) During a flight from Utah to Honolulu, an expectant mother gave birth to a baby boy with the help of multiple medical experts, who were “in the right place at the right time.”
Yes, the team of medical professionals was “in the right place at the right time” to help Lavinia Mounga who was traveling from Utah to Honolulu. It was on April 28 when Mounga was on an hours’ long flight to enjoy a family vacation, that she – at just 29 weeks’ gestation – gave birth to Raymond. Fortunately for Mounga, Dr. Dale Glenn, an Hawaii Pacific Health family physician as well as Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding, and Mimi Ho – all neonatal nurses from North Kansas City Hospital – were aboard.
“About halfway through the flight, there was an emergency call, and I’ve experienced this before and usually they’re pretty clear, asking if there is a doctor on board,” Glenn said. “This call was not like this, and it was fairly urgent.”
Bamfield saw the baby first and noticed how very small it was. The three nurses and the doctor quickly used their expertise. The problem was that there was no special equipment for the preemie. The group found shoelaces to cut and then tied the umbilical cord. They found a smart watch in order to measure the baby’s heart rate.
The area in which they were trying to work was very small, and that made the entire experience challenging.
As of Sunday night, the delivery was the subject of a viral TikTok, with more than 11 million viewers. “The video shared by Julia Hansen shows the announcement of the birth on the flight, with the plane landing three hours later.”
Hansen told The Washington Post that “the situation initially caused a commotion, but other passengers were pretty casual about if by the end of the flight.”
Once the plane landed, there were medical crews waiting in Honolulu to assist the mom and baby. They were taken to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.
The three nurses who helped during the delivery visited Mounga and the baby on Friday, and it was “an emotional reunion.”
Mounga has now been discharged from the hospital, but little Raymond must remain at NICU for an undetermined time. Mounga said, “It has been very overwhelming. I’m just so lucky that there were three NICU nurses and a doctor on the plane to help me.”