Some planes land late and others get to the gate on time, but a recent flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu is giving a whole new meaning to the term “early arrival.”
When the plane took off, Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga was heading on a family vacation, but unbeknownst to her, that family was about to have a bigger bouncy baby.
The future mom had no idea that she was already 29 weeks old. “I just didn’t know I was pregnant, and then Raymond (the baby) appeared out of nowhere.” Mounga said.
Midway through the fateful voyage, the crew had to make an announcement for medical personnel to help with the emergency.
By chance, the passenger manifest included not just Hawaii Pacific Health physician Dr. Dale Glenn, but a trio of neonatal nurses, Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding, and Mimi Ho, who work at Missouri’s North Kansas City Hospital. .
Without the proper neonatal equipment, Dr. Glenn and the nurses had to come up with some creative solutions to keep baby Raymond stable for the remainder of the three-hour flight.
Thanks to a mix of training and resourcefulness in nature that involved shoelaces, microwave-heated bottles, and an Apple Watch heart monitor, the newborn arrived in Hawaii in good shape.
“I don’t know how a patient is so lucky to have three neonatal intensive care nurses on board the same flight when she is in emergency labor, but that was the situation we were in,” Dr. Glenn recounted in a hospital statement. “The best thing about this was the teamwork. Everyone joined in and everyone helped. “
Passenger Julia Hansen captured the blessed event for posterity with a TikTok video that includes a rousing applause for the mom, baby and their medical guardian angels, and has been viewed over 15 million times by viewers around the world.
When the plane landed, he was greeted on the runway by a medical response that took mother and son to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.
As a premiere, Raymond was placed in his neonatal intensive care unit where he is reported to be well.
Since her birth was unexpected, rather than a baby shower, the Mounga sisters have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help with the cost of your nephew’s ticketless entry into the world.
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