Penn Station in New York City welcomed a new passenger Wednesday when one commuter surprisingly went into labor on a Long Island Railroad platform.
The New York Daily News was the first to report that 32-year-old Long Island resident Ana Aguiree gave birth at the popular travel hub Wednesday morning, welcoming a baby boy. According to the report, Aguiree was awaiting a Long Island Railroad, or LIRR, train to take her back to her home in Centereach before she began experiencing labor pains.
The birth, which was assisted by MTA workers who responded to the expectant mom in distress, helped assist St. Luke’s Hospital paramedics with the delivery at a nearby district office. Aguiree, who was later transported to Bellevue Hospital, says her little boy is “perfect.” The child, who was given the name Oscar, was delivered at precisely 10:04 a.m. and reportedly weighed in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces.
Aguiree admitted that hours before giving birth she was feeling ill and traveled into the city to attend an appointment but that it wasn’t until after that she began to experience labor pains. “When I was returning, the pain got much worse,” she said. “I had already bought the train ticket and was waiting for the train. Then the pain got stronger.”
This is the second child to be on mass transit in the U.S. this week. A 23-year-old woman named Shavonnte Taylor went into labor and subsequently gave birth to her son on a platform at L’Enfant Plaza Station in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 1. Fox News reported that the child, named Amir, was delivered with the help of an off-duty medical technician. The child’s family was reportedly gifted a $100 Metro gift card following the birth.