Lavinia Mounga, called by her beloved one “Lavi” was flying to her homeland Honolulu when something popped out of her: a baby. She didn’t even know she was pregnant. How is this possible?
Yes, it is real. You may be pregnant and not know it. This is what is called cryptic pregnancies. The worst part, it is not that uncommon as you may be thinking. Of course, if the circumstances allow it.
So Lavi had an unexpected baby. And that’s not all, she had it in a plane. Fortunately -as if this was a real fairy tale- there were three neonatal and a doctor on board the same flight. How lucky is that?
Imagine this, midway through a flight from Utah to Honolulu, Hawaii, pain starts to hit you. What’s going on. Help, help, Lavi started to cry out loud.
Dr. Dale Glenn, a Hawaii Pacific Health Family Medicine physician and three neonatal intensive care nurses from North Kansas City Hospital, Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding, and Mimi Ho happened to be on board.
“We were about halfway through the flight and we heard someone call out for medical help,”Bamfield told NBC News. “I went to see what was going on and see her there holding a baby in her hands, and it’s little.”
The baby boy, named Raymond Mounga, arrived prematurely. He was only 29 weeks when he was born. No medical equipment for a premature baby, Dr. Glenn, and the three nurses managed to fabricate an incubator with a couple of microwaved bottles. The nurses used their shoelaces to tie and cut the umbilical cord. Dr. Glenn used a common watch to keep time on the baby’s heart rate.
“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],” Glenn said.
Three hours until the plane landed and the baby was kept not only safe but stable thanks to this wonderful almost miraculous medical team.
And the mother wasn’t the only shocked and thrilled about the baby’s arrival. The delivery went viral on TikTok with more than 11 million views.
@juliaberniceIt’s the ‘baby being born while we’re above the Pacific Ocean’ for me♬ original sound – Julia Hansen
After landing, Lavi and Raymond were obviously escorted off first and taken immediately to the hospital. Raymond will have to stay in a neonatal intensive care unit until he reaches full term, that’s around 10 weeks or so. But Dr. Gleen and the nurses didn’t leave it there. They later came to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children to visit Lavi and Raymond. They need to know they were fine.
“We all just teared up. She called us family and said we’re all his aunties, and it was so great to see them,” Ho said.
Lavi considers them part of her and her new baby ohana. The Hawaiian term for “family”.