Watch TikTok Video Of Baby Being Born on Delta Flight To Hawaii
You often hear about babies being delivered under unique circumstances, but this one takes the cake. A baby was recently born aboard a Delta flight from Salt Lake City, Utah to Hawaii, much to the surprise of everyone on board, especially the mom as the little bundle of joy arrived early at just 29 weeks.
Lavina "Lavi" Mounga is the mom who delivered the baby, but she had plenty of professional help. Luckily, Hawaii Pacific Health Family Medicine Physician Dr. Dale Glenn was on board that flight, as were North Kansas City Hospital NICU Nurses Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho.
According to the story shared on the Hawaii Pacific Health website, an emergency call came in about halfway through the fight on Wednesday, April 28, and Doctor Glenn let the flight attendant know that he was a physician. Upon being told a woman was having a baby, he rushed over to help.
Not only was Dr. Glenn available to help, but what are the odds that Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho, three nurses specially trained to care for premature or ill babies needing intensive care, would also be on that flight to help deliver a premature baby? Guardian angels for sure.
“I don't know how a patient gets so lucky as to have three neonatal intensive care nurses onboard the same flight when she is in emergency labor, but that was the situation we were in,” says Dr. Glenn. “The great thing about this was the teamwork. Everybody jumped in together and everyone helped out."
Obviously, airplanes do not have equipment to care for a premature baby so Dr. Glenn reportedly relied on previous wilderness medicine training. He and the nurses used a couple of shoelaces to tie and cut through the umbilical cord, made baby warmers out of bottles that were microwaved, and used an Apple Watch to measure the baby’s heart rate.
Thankfully it all worked out as both mommy and her new baby boy are doing fine now. Lavi Mounga has been discharged from the hospital, but baby Raymond will remain in the NICU until he’s ready to go home. The medical team that helped deliver the baby were able to visit with them at the hospital in what was an emotional reunion.