A woman has given birth on a flight over the Pacific Ocean after not realising she was pregnant.
Lavina Mounga went into labour on April 28 mid-flight between Salt Lake City and Honolulu on a Delta Air Lines flight.
The whole event was captured and shared on TikTok by Julia Hanson, and has now been watched more than 13.4 million times.
The video shows the 23-year-old speaking to the camera saying: ““A baby was just born on this plane,” before it cuts to the passengers clapping as a voice over the intercom confirms: “round of applause for the mother. Congratulations.”
The plane reportedly landed three hours later, where passengers remained seated to allow EMTs aboard to help the woman out.
As luck would have it, on board the plane were three North Kansas City Hospital NICU nurses, as well as Dr. Dale Glenn, a family physician at Honolulu’s Straub Medical Center, according to Honolulu’s KHON2.
Speaking to KHON2 Dr Dale said: “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.”
“None of the equipment we have was suitable,” added Dale.
“So we made baby warmers out of bottles that were microwaved. We used an Apple Watch to measure the heart rate.”
The baby was born prematurely, later confirmed to be just 29 weeks old.
Local reporters later caught up with the mother and baby and learned that Lavina had no clue she was pregnant.
“I just didn’t know I was pregnant. This guy just came out of nowhere.”
“If they weren’t there, I don’t think he would be here, so I’m very blessed,” she said of her in-flight care team.
Delta airline have noted that they do not have a policy against allowing pregnant women to fly, with their website stating: “At Delta, we don’t impose restrictions on flying if you’re pregnant and don’t require a medical certificate for you to travel.
“If you’re traveling after your eighth month, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor to be sure travel is not restricted.”