(CNN) – There were many surprises last week on a flight to Hawaii, starting with the birth of a baby to a woman who did not know she was pregnant.
Not only was there a doctor on board the Salt Lake City-Honolulu flight, but there were three nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit – and they all immediately set to work.
“About half of the flight there was an emergency call and I’ve experienced it before and they’re usually pretty clear and ask if there’s a doctor on board,” said Dr. Dale Glenn, a family doctor in Hawaii. . “This call was not like that and it was quite urgent. I informed the flight attendant that I was a doctor and she said we had a woman who had a baby, so I hurried to see what I could do.”
The three NICU nurses who work at North Kansas City Hospital in Missouri have also begun to act, according to a news release from Hawaii Pacific Health.
Dr. Glenn posed for a photo with Lavi Maunga and baby Raymond before leaving the plane.
Hawaii Pacific Health
“I went to see what was going on and to see her there with a baby in her arms, and that’s a little bit,” said nurse Lani Bamfield.
The mother, Lavinia “Lavi” Maunga, unexpectedly met a boy she named Raymond during a family vacation. He was born at 29 weeks.
“I just didn’t know I was pregnant, and then (Raymond) just came out of nowhere,” Maunga told Hawaii Pacific Health.
NICU nurses Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beading and Mimi Ho are standing next to Lavi Maunga holding their new baby.
Hawaii Pacific Health
During the rest of the flight, Delta Glenn, Bamfield, and fellow nurses Amanda Biding and Mimi Ho cared for Maunga and her baby. The team improvises with available equipment and keeps the baby stable for three hours until the plane lands.
According to the report, Glenn relies on training in the desert to help with childbirth, given the lack of the usual equipment to help with premature birth. He and the nurses used umbilical cord ties and made baby warmers from microwave bottles.
At one point, they had to use an Apple Watch to monitor the baby’s heart rate because they did not have normal instruments, the news release said.
As soon as the plane landed in Honolulu, medical teams helped the mother and baby go to the Kapiolani Women’s and Children’s Medical Center.
“I don’t know how the patient is so lucky to have three neonatal intensive care nurses on the same flight when she’s in emergency work, but that was the situation we were in,” Glenn said. “The great thing about it was working in a team. Everyone jumped in together and everyone helped.”