(CNN) – There were many surprises on a flight to Hawaii last week, starting with giving birth to a woman unaware of her pregnancy.
Not only will there be a doctor on board a Salt Lake City-Honolulu flight. But there were also three other neonatal intensive care nurses, and all of them immediately joined the workforce.
“About halfway through the flights, there are emergency calls, and I’ve had this problem before, and usually they’re pretty clear if there’s a doctor on board,” said Dr. Del Glenn, a family physician for Hawaii Pacific. Heath said. Press releases from the hospital system “This call is not like this and it̵7;s fairly urgent. I told the flight attendant that I was a doctor and she said we had a woman having a baby, so I rushed to see what I could do. some”
Three NICU nurses, who work at North Kansas City Hospital in Missouri, are also taking action, according to a press release from Hawaii Pacific Health.
Glenn poses for a photo with Lavi Mounga and Baby Raymond before exiting the plane.
Hawaiian Pacific Health
“I went to see what happened and saw her holding the baby in her hand and it was little,” said nurse Lani Bamfield.
Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga unexpectedly welcomed a baby girl named Raymond while on vacation with his family. He was born at 29 weeks.
“I didn’t know where I was pregnant (Raymond) just came out of,” Mounga told Hawaii Pacific Health.
NICU nurses Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho stand beside Lavi Mounga holding her new child.
Hawaiian Pacific Health
Throughout the rest of the flight, Delta Glenn, Bamfield and fellow nurses Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho looked after Mounga and her baby. The team reconfigured the existing equipment and kept the baby stable for three hours until the plane landed.
Glenn, according to the release, relied on wilderness training to help deliver birth, as there was no normal equipment needed to assist in preterm labor. He and the nurse used shoelaces to tie the umbilical cord and make a baby warmer from microwaved bottles.
At one point, they had to use an Apple Watch to monitor their baby’s heart rate as they lacked a normal tool.
As soon as the plane landed in Honolulu, a team of doctors helped take the mother and baby to the Capiolani Women’s and Children’s Medical Center.
“I don’t know how fortunate the patient was to have three neonatal intensive care units on the same flight when she was in an emergency. But that’s the situation we are in, ”Glenn says.“ The great thing about it is that teamwork, everyone jumped in together and everyone helped. ”