A Utah woman who did not know she was pregnant gives birth on a flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu
A Utah woman had the surprise of a lifetime on a flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu, when she suddenly gave birth and gave birth – without even knowing she was pregnant.
Lavinia Mounga flew to Hawaii with her family on Wednesday when she went into labor.
‘Overwhelmed in the best of ways,’ she tweeted Saturday.
On the morning of her flight, she tweeted, “Hey let’s getawaaaaaaaaay.”
Lavinia Mounga, pictured with son Raymond, gave birth on a plane on Wednesday
Mounga, from Utah, was unaware she was pregnant and gave birth at about 26 weeks
Mounga’s story went viral after a passenger, Julia Hansen, announced the news on TikTok, saying in a clip, “A baby was just born on this plane.”
The footage captures passengers aboard the Delta flight applauding and congratulating the woman on her incredible performance in the air.
Later, a crew member can be heard through the aircraft’s intercom and ask passengers to remain seated “so that a passenger can seek medical attention.”
Hansen added, “To those who were wondering how to fly in her third trimester, I sat next to her father on the plane and he said they didn’t even know she was pregnant.”
Several nurses and doctors who were on the run assisted in the delivery.
Lani Bamfield, a Kansas City nurse, wrote in a Facebook post: “If anyone would like to know how our trip to Hawaii is going… here’s how it started.
“We delivered a 26-27 weeker in the airplane bathroom, in the middle of the ocean, with three NICU nurses, a Physicians assistant, and a primary care physician. We were able to make it THREE HOURS before we could finally land, but the baby and mom did a great job.
‘God was certainly with us up there’
The shocked mother and baby, whom she named Raymond Kaimana Wade Kobe Lavaki Mounga, were taken to hospital in good health upon landing in Honolulu.
The baby’s father, Ethan Magalei, wrote on Facebook that he was stunned by the news, describing Raymond’s arrival as “a miracle.”
He thanked those who assisted in the delivery and said he hopes to be “the best father.”
Baby Raymond is seen in the hospital in Honolulu, in good health, but born extremely prematurely
Jai Cunningham, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, said the pilot and crew followed protocol and advised them of the situation before landing.
“It was a medical assistant, it wasn’t considered a medical emergency, so that indicates mother and baby were in good shape,” Cunningham said.
“Then the crew’s emergency medical services met them and were able to transport them to a nearby hospital.”
A spokesman for Kapiolani Medical Center said KHON: ‘Mommy and baby have been taken to Kapiolani and are doing well. Mom has already been fired, but the baby is still in the NICU because it was born prematurely. ‘
Cunningham says things like this don’t happen very often.
“It’s not that common in childbirth because once women are well into their pregnancy, doctors usually advise against doing such things because you’re on the plane for five, six, seven hours,” he said.
A Delta Airlines spokesperson confirmed in a statement that the baby was born aboard their fight.
“The safety of our crew and customers is our top priority,” they said.
‘Our crews are well trained to manage a number of medical scenarios on board. Every aircraft is equipped with medical equipment and the crew has access to expert advice during the flight if a problem arises. ‘
Mounga’s sister has launched a GoFundMe to pay for their medical expenses until the family can return to Utah.
“Our miracle baby nephew was born with three hours to fly and was such a strong trooper,” she wrote.
‘Our sister didn’t know she was pregnant, so she was just as shocked as the rest of us when our nephew was born!
“Lavinia and baby will stay longer in Hawaii while the baby becomes healthy enough to fly back to Utah.”
She added, “We love our little baby and can’t wait to bring him back home to Utah.”