Who is Lavinia Mounga?
Lavinia Mounga was a pregnant Utah woman flying from Salt Lake City to Honolulu who reportedly had no idea she was pregnant when she suddenly went into labor and gave birth mid-flight. Monday began having contractions when she was flying to Hawaii with her family on Wednesday, April 28. ”
Overwhelmed in the best ways,” she tweeted on Saturday, May 1.
How old is Lavinia Mounga?
Lavinia Mounga is believed to be in her 30s.
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Mounga had taken to Twitter on the morning of her flight as well, writing, “Hey let’s getawaaaaaaaaay.”
Her story went viral after Julia Hansen, a passenger on the same flight, shared a clip on TikTok saying, “a baby was just born on this plane.”
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Lavinia Mounga Footage
Footage showed passengers aboard the Delta flight cheering and congratulating the mother over her sensational mid-air birth. A crew member later asked passengers over the intercom to remain seated “to allow a passenger to seek medical assistance.”
“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,” Hansen added. A number of nurses and doctors were on the flight and assisted with the birth. Kansas City-based nurse Lani Bamfield shared on Facebook, “If anyone would like to know how our trip to Hawaii is going… here’s how it started.”
“We delivered a 26-27 weeker in the airplane bathroom, in the middle of the ocean, with three NICU nurses, a Physicians assistant, and a family medicine doctor we were able to make it three hours before we could finally land but the baby and mom did great.”
She added, “God was definitely with us up there.”
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Cunningham acknowledged that this was a rare occurrence. “It’s not that common for childbirth, obviously cause most of the time once women get far along in their pregnancy doctors kind of advise them against doing such things cause you’re on a plane for five, six, seven hours,” he said.
Lavinia Mounga GoFundMe
Meanwhile, a Delta Airlines spokesperson confirmed that a baby was born aboard their flight. “The safety of our crew and customers is our top priority,” they said in a statement. “Our crews are well trained to manage a number of onboard medical scenarios…”
A GoFundMe has been set up to cover medical costs until the family can return to Utah. The page has raised $5,435 out of its $20,000 goal.
“Our miracle baby nephew was born with three hours left on our flight and was such a strong trooper,” Mounga’s sister wrote on the fundraising website. “Our sister did not know she was pregnant so she was just as shocked as the rest of us when our nephew was born! Lavinia & the baby will be staying in Hawaii longer while the baby gets healthy enough to fly back home to Utah. We love our little baby and can’t wait till we are able to bring him back home to Utah,” she added.