Lavinia “Lavi” Mougna was en route to a Hawaiian vacation when… something happened.
Mougna was completely unaware that she was 29-weeks pregnant when she went into labor on-board the Delta flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu.
Luckily, not only did a doctor happen to be flying, but three neonatal intensive care (NICU) nurses were on board as well!
“About halfway through the flight, there was an emergency call, and I’ve experienced this before and usually they’re pretty clear asking if there is a doctor on board…
This call was not like this and it was fairly urgent. I let the flight attendant know that I’m a physician and she said we have a woman having a baby, so I hurried over to see what I could do.”Dr. Dale Glenn, Hawaii Pacific Health family medicine physician
Mougna, who was on her way to meet family for vacation, has since named the baby ‘Raymond’.
She told Hawaii Public Health, “I just didn’t know I was pregnant, and then (Raymond) just came out of nowhere.”
For the remaining three hours of the flight, Dr. Dale Glan and fellow nurses Amanda Beeding, Mimi Ho, and Lani Bamfield monitored Mounga and baby Raymond. The resourceful team improvised with available equipment to keep the baby stable- relying on wilderness training and techniques to help with the birth.
They utilized a shoelace to tie the umbilical cord. Baby warmers were made out of bottles that were microwaved. An Apple watch was used to monitor the baby’s heart rate, as normal tools were not available.
When the plane landed in Honolulu, mom and son were rushed to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children by medical response teams.
“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.
The great thing about this was the teamwork. Everybody jumped in together and everyone helped out.”Dr. Dale Green
Something tells me that this is going to be one hell of a family reunion story.