A woman who gave birth prematurely on an airplane was fortunate enough to have chosen a flight with a few other highly skilled passengers.
Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga was traveling from Salt Lake City to Hawaii on April 28 for a family vacation when she gave birth at 29 weeks with her son, Raymond.
When a request for a doctor was sent, expert passengers responded.
“About halfway through the flight there was an emergency call, and I’ve experienced this before and usually they clearly ask if there is a doctor on board,” he said. said Dale Glenn, family physician at Hawaii Pacific Health. “This call was not like that and it was quite urgent. “
There were also three nurses from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at North Kansas City Hospital on board. All four went into action.
Without special equipment, the group got creative: they used laces to cut and tie the umbilical cord and a smartwatch to measure the baby’s heart rate.
“We all try to work in a very small, confined space on an airplane, which is quite difficult. But the teamwork has been great, ”said Glenn.
One of the passengers recorded the applause and cheers as the flight crew called out to congratulate the new mother, Julia Hansen’s TikTok being viewed over 11 million times.
The medical team entered the plane in Honolulu after the plane landed three hours later. The cries of the newborn could be heard as the mother and baby were taken in a wheelchair.
Hansen and a friend she flew with, Siearra Rowlan, told the Washington Post that the situation initially caused a stir, but the passengers were rather “relaxed” by the end of the flight.
“Everyone got up, took their carry-on and left,” Hansen said.
The three nurses were able to visit Mounga and the baby at Kapiolani Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Honolulu and said it was an emotional reunion.
“We all cried. She called us from family and said we were all her aunts, and it was so great to see them, ”Ho said.
Mounga has since been discharged, but baby Raymond will remain in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until he is ready to return home. “It was very overwhelming,” Mounga said. “I’m so lucky that there were three nurses from the NICU and a doctor on the plane to help me, help stabilize him and make sure he was okay for the duration of the flight. .
The Associated Press contributed to this report.