Last week, a Utah woman named Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga gave birth to a baby boy while on a flight to Hawaii and was treated by a doctor and three neonatal nurses who were on board.
Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga was on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu when she went into labor and gave birth to her son, Raymond Mounga, at 29 weeks. Dr. Dale Glenn, a Hawaii Pacific Health FamilyMedicine physician, was on board, as were three neonatal intensive care nurses from North Kansas City Hospital, Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding, and Mimi Ho, who assisted with Lavinia and Raymond’s care.
Bamfield said, “We were about halfway through the flight and we heard someone call out for medical help,”
“I went to see what was going on and see her there holding a baby in her hands, and it’s little.”
Her age is unknown.
Gives Birth On Flight Full Details
Since there was no medical equipment for a premature baby on the plane, the doctor and nurses tied and cut the umbilical cord with shoelaces, made baby warmers out of microwaved bottles, and measured the baby’s heart rate with an Apple Watch.
Until the plane landed, the medical staff kept the baby stable for three hours. Glenn said, “I was literally counting down the time on my watch, between where we are in the flight to when we can get this child to [the hospital],”
Viral On TikTok
The delivery was also the subject of a TikTok video that went viral, garnering over 11 million views as of Sunday night. Julia Hansen’s video shows the birth announcement on the plane, followed by the plane landing three hours later.
The situation caused a commotion at first, Hansen and a friend she was flying with, Siearra Rowlan, told The Washington Post, but other passengers were fairly “casual” about it by the end of the trip. After Mounga and her son were escorted out first, Hansen described the scene, “Everyone just kind of got up, got their carry-on and left,”
Hospital response teams transferred Lavinia and Raymond to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children after the plane landed in Honolulu. On Friday, the doctor and nurses reunited with the new mom and son. Ho said, “We all just teared up. She called us family and said we’re all his aunties, and it was so great to see them,”
“It was just so lucky that there were three NICU nurses and a doctor on the plane to support me, and to help calm him and make sure he was ok for the rest of the flight,” Lavinia said.