Baby Raymond Mounga was born on an airplane on a Delta flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Honolulu on Wednesday, April 28. The birth came as a complete shock to everyone on board, including the mother who didn’t know she was pregnant.
It could’ve been a worse case scenario: a woman giving birth to a baby, who arrived early, on an airplane. But a physician and three nurses trained to care for premature babies were on board that same flight — and they did an amazing job to keep mom and baby safe.
It just so happened that three North Kansas City Hospital NICU nurses aboard the same flight answered to the call for help.
“I went back there first, and she is holding a baby, underneath the toilet almost. And so I’m yelling, ‘Mimi! There’s a baby, and it’s little!’” said NICU Nurse Lani Bamfield.
“That definitely means something to us because we work in the NICU, little baby,” said Mimi Ho, also a NICU nurse.
Dr. Dale Glenn, a family physician at Straub Medical Center, also hurried over. He has responded to in-flight emergencies before, but not like this.
“Usually they’re pretty clear, you know, ‘Is there a doctor on board?’ This call was not like this. This call was ‘Medical help!’” said Dr. Glenn. “I don’t know how a patient gets so lucky as to have three neonatal intensive care nurses on board the same flight when she is in emergency labor, but that was a situation we were in.”
For three hours until the plane landed, the team did the best they could with the limited equipment they had and worked together to keep the baby stable.