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Mother who gave birth during a flight had no idea she was pregnant.

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When Lavinia "Lavi" Mounga went into labor on a flight from her home in Utah to Honolulu last week, she had no idea a baby was on the way.

"I had no idea I was pregnant, and then this guy appeared out of nowhere," Mounga explained in a video interview with Hawaii Pacific Health.

Raymond Mounga, the baby boy, was born prematurely at 29 weeks while his mother was on vacation in Hawaii with her family.

Dr. Dale Glenn, a Hawaii Pacific Health family medicine physician and neonatal intensive care unit nurses from North Kansas City Hospital Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding, and Mimi Ho were also on the plane and assisted the new mother and baby.

"Yeah, so overwhelming and sweet that there were three NICU nurses and a doctor on the plane who was able to help stabilize him and make sure he was OK," Mounga said.

Mounga's father suggested "Glenn" as a name in honor of the doctor who assisted her during the flight. "Names are significant in our culture," Mounga, a Tongan, explained.  "I didn't want to call him Glenn."

Instead, she sought advice from Dr. Glenn, who gave his adopted children Hawaiian middle names.  He suggested the name "Kaimana," which is now one of the boy's middle names.

"The aloha spirit is certainly felt here," she said of the medical attention she got in Hawaii. "It's really unique from the mainland," said Mounga. "It really feels good, and everyone is eager to help."

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