The following first hand account was shared on the Worldwide Unified Facebook group by Dr. Dale Glenn.
“I had a completely miraculous experience on Wednesday. In the middle of our Delta Flight 306 from Salt Lake City to Honolulu, I was called to assist in the delivery and resuscitation of a 29 week old baby when mom (who did not actually know she was pregnant, yes, this does happen) suddenly went into labor.
Astoundingly, there were not one but three NICU nurses on the plane from Kansas City who rushed to help Mom, who delivered in the airplane at 40,000 feet over the Pacific.
We used shoelaces, a sock (for a head warmer), plastic bags, microwaved water bottles (to raise temperature), an Apple Watch (which worked surprisingly well as a heart monitor),and an oxygen mask we made ourselves to get baby stabilized, keep him warm, and help him breathe until he was safe enough to wrap him against mom’s chest. We finally reached Honolulu three hours later.
The pivotal moment came when after landing we moved mom and baby into a wheelchair and he finally woke up and for the first time cried out loud. The whole plane applauded. There have only ever been about 60 babies born on flights in recorded history.
Newborn Raymond Mounga has some new aunties and an uncle in Hawaii Pacific Health Dr. Dale Glenn and North Kansas City Hospital NICU Nurses Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho who helped with his unexpected delivery on a recent flight to Hawaii. https://t.co/CdGVOTXdpu pic.twitter.com/hh6VNRpbDl
— HawaiiPacificHealth (@hawaiipachealth) May 3, 2021
What are the odds this three pound preemie would have 3 neonatal intensive care nurses, a physician’s assistant, and one semi-experienced doctor on board to help him when he decided to make an appearance in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?
Our Delta crew was also amazing. My daughter Katheryn got to help name him. Mom and baby doing well in Honolulu. God watches over all of us.”
Congratulations and continued blessings go out to Lavi and her new delivery!