Woman Gives Birth on NYC Subway Platform
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A subway station at the foot of Broadway doubled as a labor-and-delivery suite Friday for one pregnant New York City woman.
Kelly Xion gave birth to a healthy baby boy on the platform of the Bowling Green station on Manhattan's southern tip.
Two Fire Department paramedics were on hand to assist in the delivery, while straphangers and tourists gawked.
The woman had been waiting for a train to Brooklyn when her labor went into overdrive at around 3:40 p.m.
EMT Jerry Chatelaim tells the New York Post that by the time he and partner Thomas Loggins got to the scene, the baby was already crowning.
The delivery happened in a New York minute.
Afterward, mom and baby were recovering at a hospital a few blocks away.
Published at 12:15 PM EDT on Jul 24, 2010
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