A woman who was travelling from the US to Hawaii last week, unexpectedly gave birth on the plane.
Lavi Mounga was said to be 29 weeks pregnant, without knowing it, when she gave birth to a baby boy named Raymond. An announcement for emergency healthcare was made and, not only did a doctor show up to assist, but also three NICU nurses who all just happened to be on the same flight.
Because Raymond was born prematurely, Doctor Dale Glenn had to rely on wilderness training to help with the birth. Alongside NICU nurses Lani Bramfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho, Dr Glenn had to improvise with what they had on board because of the absence of the usual equipment to help with a premature birth, reports Inside Edition.
The four of them managed to cut the umbilical cord with shoelaces, and made baby warmers out of bottles that were microwaved by the flight crew.
Because the flight lasted another three hours before they were due to land, and keeping a premature baby alive without the necessary sterile equipment is a massive challenge, they had to rely on an Apple watch to monitor the baby's heart rate.
When the plane eventually landed in Hawaii, medical staff immediately assisted the mom and her new baby.
"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 labour," Glenn told Inside Edition. "The great things about this was the teamwork. Everybody jumped in and together everyone helped out."
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