Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga had no thought a child was coming when she went into labour on a flight from her house in Utah to Honolulu final week. “I simply did not know I used to be pregnant, after which this man simply got here out of nowhere,” Mounga mentioned throughout a video interview with Hawaii Pacific Well being.
The newborn boy, Raymond Mounga, arrived early at simply 29 weeks whereas mother was touring to Hawaii for trip together with her household.
Dr Dale Glenn, a Hawaii Pacific Well being household drugs doctor, together with Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho — neonatal intensive care unit nurses from North Kansas Metropolis Hospital — have been additionally on the aircraft and helped the brand new mom and child.
“Yeah, simply overwhelming and simply good that there was three NICU nurses on the aircraft and a health care provider that have been capable of assist stabilize him and guarantee that he was OK,” Mounga mentioned.
When deciding on a reputation, Mounga’s father advised “Glenn,” in honor of the physician who helped her in the course of the flight.
“Names are fairly necessary in our tradition,” mentioned Mounga, who’s Tongan. “I did not actually need to identify him Glenn.”
As an alternative she requested Dr Glenn, who gave his adopted youngsters Hawaiian center names, for a suggestion. He supplied “Kaimana,” which is now one of many boy’s center names.
The kid must keep within the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit he’s full time period, about one other 10 weeks, Mounga mentioned.
“The aloha spirit is unquestionably felt right here,” she mentioned in regards to the care she has obtained in Hawaii. “It is very totally different from the mainland,” Mounga mentioned. “It simply feels comforting, and everyone seems to be keen to assist.”