Woman Who Did Not Know She Was Pregnant Gives Birth during a Flight
On April 28, Lavinia "Lavi" Mounga journeyed to Honolulu from Salt Lake City on a Delta flight. She did not foresee that she would end up becoming a mother.
Midway through her flight, Lavinia "Lavi" Mounga gave birth to her son, Raymond Mounga, at 29 weeks. The doctor and the three neonatal nurses who were on board treated her.
As she explained in a video shared by Hawaii Pacific Health, Mounga had no idea she was expecting and that her son just appeared out of nowhere. According to the mom, she was overwhelmed.
Mounga continued to say how lucky she feels that there were three NICU nurses and a doctor on the plane and that they helped stabilize her son throughout the flight and make sure he was okay.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dale Glenn, a Hawaii Pacific Health family medicine doctor on board the flight, did not consider the emergency call mid-flight routine at all. It was an urgent matter, he stated.
Also on the flight were nurses Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding, and Mimi Ho, all from North Kansas City Hospital, who provided assistance to Mounga and her baby boy, Raymond.
The team also tested the baby's heart rate with an Apple Watch.
When they were halfway through the flight, Bamfield heard what sounded like medical assistance being called for. She immediately went to the scene and found Mounga with the child in her arms.
Dr. Glenn expressed gratitude for sheer luck. He said it was miraculous that this baby was under the care of a doctor and three NICU nurses. His immediate reaction as a doctor was to be blown away.
Since there was no medical equipment on the plane for a premature baby, the doctor and nurses tied and cut the umbilical cord with two shoelaces and prepared a baby warmer from a microwaved bottle.
The team also tested the baby's heart rate with an Apple Watch. Dr. Glenn said it was literally counting down the time between where they were in the flight and when they could get the baby to the hospital.
In related news, Melissa Surgecoff's child has given her one of the most shocking experiences of her life. She wasn't aware she was pregnant until she gave birth to her son Liam while seated on the toilet.
When Surgecoff was interviewed by Today Parents, she said there had been clear signs, but she just thought she was passing a kidney stone when Liam was born recently.