Doctor helps expectant mother who gave birth on flight

Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga was traveling from Salt Lake City to Hawaii on April 28 for a family vacation when she gave birth to her son, Raymond, at just 29 weeks gestation. A doctor and a team of neonatal medical professionals were in the right place at the right time to help Lavi deliver her baby onboard an hour-long flight to Hawaii.

About halfway through the flight, there was a call out for medical help. Dr. Dale Glenn, a Hawaii Pacific Health family medicine physician, and Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding, and Mimi Ho, neonatal intensive care unit nurses from North Kansas City Hospital, sprung into action. 

Medical crews were waiting at the airport in Honolulu to help get the mom and baby to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. The three nurses from the flight were able to visit Mounga and the baby on Friday. Lavi has since been discharged, but baby Raymond will remain in the NICU until he’s ready to go home.

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