Woman Gives Birth On Flight To Hawaii

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A passenger gave birth to a baby boy mid-flight.

Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga was flying from Salt Lake City to Honolulu April 28 for a vacation when she gave birth to her son, Raymond.

He was born early at just 29 weeks gestation.

Luckily, a doctor from Hawaii and three neonatal intensive care unit from North Kansas City Hospital were also board almost seven-hour flight to help Mounga deliver her baby.

“We were about halfway flight, and we heard someone call out for medical help,” North Kansas City Hospital NICU Nurse Lani Bamfield said in a release. “I went to see what was going and see her there holding a baby in her hands, and it’ little.”

Bamfield and other neonatal cared for Mounga and Raymond for three hours until flight landed in Honolulu. They were then transported to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu.

Hawaii Pacific family medicine physician Dr. Dale Glenn, who was on board the flight, said in a statement: “I don’t know how a patient so lucky as to have three neonatal intensive care onboard the same flight when she is in emergency labor, but was the we were in.

“The great thing about this was the teamwork. Everybody jumped in together, and everyone helped out.”

He described how challenging it was to care for both in such a small confined space like an airplane. They also had to improvise on tools, using shoelaces to tie and cut the umbilical cord and an Apple Watch to monitor the baby’ heart rate.

Glenn and the team nurses visited Mounga and Raymond at the hospital days after the surprise birth.

“We all just teared up,” North Kansas City Hospital NICU Nurse Mimi Ho said in the hospital release. “She called family and said we’re all his aunties, and it was so great to see them.”

Mounga has since been discharged, but Raymond will remain in the NICU until he’ ready to go home, according to Hawaii Pacific .