A Utah woman had the surprise of her life on a flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu, when she suddenly went into labor and gave birth – without even knowing she was pregnant.
Lavinia Mounga was flying to Hawaii on Wednesday with her family when she began having contractions.
‘Overwhelmed in the best ways,’ she tweeted on Saturday.
On the morning of her flight, she tweeted: ‘Hey let’s getawaaaaaaaaay.’
Mounga’s story went viral after one passenger, Julia Hansen, announced the news on TikTok, saying in a clip: ‘A baby was just born on this plane.’
Later, a crew member can be heard over the plane’s intercom asking passengers to remain seated ‘to allow a passenger to seek medical assistance’.
Hansen added: ‘To those wondering how she was able to fly in her third trimester, I sat next to her dad on the plane and he said they didn’t even know she was pregnant.’
The shocked mother and baby, who she named Raymond Kaimana Wade Kobe Lavaki Mounga, were taken to hospital on landing in Honolulu, in good health.
The baby’s father, Ethan Magalei, wrote on Facebook that he was stunned by the news, and described Raymond’s arrival as ‘a miracle’.
He thanked those who had assisted with the birth, and said he hopes to be ‘the best dad’.
Jai Cunningham, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Transportation, said the pilot and crew followed protocol and alerted them of the situation prior to landing.
‘It was a medical assist, it wasn’t deemed a medical emergency so that sort of notifies you that mom and baby were in good shape,’ Cunningham said.
‘Then the crew emergency medical services group met them and were able to transport them to a nearby hospital.’
It’s the ‘baby being born while we’re above the Pacific Ocean’ for me♬ original sound – Julia Hansen
A spokesperson for Kapiolani Medical Center told KHON: ‘Mom and baby were brought to Kapiolani and are doing good. Mom has been discharged already but baby is still in the NICU as he was born early.’
Cunningham says this type of thing does not happen very often.