On a flight to Hawaii, a pregnant woman went into labour.
Thankfully, three neonatal intensive care nurses and a doctor were on hand.
On April 28, Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga of Orem, Utah, was on her way from Salt Lake City to Hawaii for a family vacation when she gave birth to her son, Raymond, at the age of 29 weeks.
Mounga said she had no idea she was expecting a child.
She went to the bathroom because she was having “weird pains” and passed out, only to wake up with a baby in her arms.
Dr. Dale Glenn, a Hawaii Pacific Health family medicine physician, and neonatal intensive care unit nurses Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding, and Mimi Ho from North Kansas City Hospital were also on board.
“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 in a Hawaii Pacific Health press release. “This call was not like this and it was fairly urgent.”
The group had to get imaginative because there was no special equipment for the preemie. They cut and tied the umbilical cord with shoelaces and measured the baby’s heart rate with a smartwatch.
Medical personnel were waiting at the Honolulu airport to assist the mother and child in getting to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.
On Friday, the three flight nurses were able to see Mounga and the boy, which they described as an emotional reunion.
“We all just teared up. She called us family and said we’re all his aunties, and it was so great to see them,” Ho said.
“I didn’t have to do it alone and I had so much support and everyone was just so willing to offer up everything that they had,” Mounga said. “So much kindness in the world still, even with all the craziness that’s going on.”
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