The officers on the Market-Frankford train in Philadelphia help a woman through the delivery, while passengers try getting help from train engineer
Philadelphia: On Thursday, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Police Sgt Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James helped deliver a baby on a subway train.
The officers on the eastbound Market-Frankford train helped the woman through the delivery, removed the umbilical cord from around the boy’s neck and placed him in her arms. The baby’s father wrapped him in a shirt to keep him warm. “It was breathtaking,” said passenger Ashley Dorsey, who also aided in the birth.
(Top) One of the officers with the newborn on an eastbound Market-Frankford train. (Above) Sgt Daniel Caban and Officer Darrell James help deliver the baby
The woman’s water broke as the train headed for the 15th and Market streets station. Passengers rushed in to help, turning the woman to her side and laying her flat across a row of seats. “The woman’s husband was frantic,” said Dorsey. “Of course nobody wants to give birth on the train, but I’m so glad she was on the train instead of out on the street,” she added.
Once at the station, passengers stood in the doorway to prevent the doors from closing and to get the attention of the train engineer. SEPTA police Chief Thomas Nestel III tweeted his excitement over the birth: “Transit Police SGT and PO deliver baby on Market Frankford El train!!!! WOOHOO!!! Now that’s a Christmas gift!!!”
The mother and newborn were reported in good condition at the hospital. “I had already opened all my presents,” Caban said on Thursday. “I didn’t know I had another one waiting for me around 5.53 this evening.”
The police officers met the newborn boy and his parents on Friday morning, trading the chaos of the dingy rail car where they first met for the comfort of a hospital room.