Part of the ordeal was even caught on a viral TikTok. Passengers cheered as the captain announced the birth of a little boy.
It was a flight to be remembered for new mother Lavina “Lavi” Mounga after delivering a baby on a Delta Air Lines flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu on Wednesday.
Lucky for her, and the new baby Raymond, a doctor and three NICU nurses were on board the plane to help with the birth.
Dr. Dale Glenn has been asked to treat sick passengers before, but had never experienced anything like it.
“About halfway through the flight, there was an emergency call and I̵
Baby born on a flight to Hawaii
With the help of NICU nurses Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho, they all helped give birth to the baby who came in just 29 weeks.
“I do not know how a patient gets so lucky to have three newborn intensive care nurses on board the same flight when she is in emergency labor, but that was the situation we were in,” said Dr. Glenn. “Everyone jumped together and everyone helped out.”
Glenn relied on previous medical training in the wilderness to help deliver Raymond on the plane. He and the nurses used laces to cut the umbilical cord, made baby warmers out of bottles that were microwaved, and used an Apple Watch to measure the baby’s heart rate.
Part of the ordeal was even caught on TikTok by a fellow passenger. The viral record with nearly 11 million views shows passengers clapping and cheering after the captain announced that a child had been born on the flight. It also shows EMTs boarding the plane shortly after landing to help Lavi and Raymond.
“Everyone comes back to see what’s going on, and then there’s a lot of pushing between flight attendants,” Sierra Rowlan, who was on the flight and showed up with her friend Julia Hansen in TikTok, told the Washington Post. “The speaker goes on and off as if they are announcing something, but they do not. Then a little baby cries. ”
On Friday, Hawaii Pacific Health said Glenn and the nurses were able to visit Lavi and Raymond.
“We just cried together. She called us family and said we are all his aunts and it was so nice to see them, ”said Ho.
Mounga said she is “so lucky” to have had three NICU nurses and a doctor to help on board the flight. She is discharged from the hospital but remains at the NICU until he is ready to travel home.