(NEW YORK) — A woman received quite the morning commuter surprise when she went into labor and gave birth on the New Jersey PATH train Monday morning.
The baby was born at 9:49 a.m. between the Journal Square Station stop in New Jersey and the 33rd Street stop in Manhattan, according to ABC station WABC-TV in New York. A fellow passenger, who happened to be an attending physician at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, assisted in delivering the child on the train, a spokesperson for the hospital told ABC News.
When the PATH train crew learned that Rabita Sarker, 31, of Harrison, N.J., was in labor, the conductors switched the train to express service until 33rd Street. By the time the train reached 33rd Street, EMS workers and Port Authority police officers were ready and waiting to take the family to the hospital. But the newborn baby boy had already been delivered and was being held by his father.
The hospital said the mother and her baby are doing well.
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