First, this morning, I blogged about news of deputies in California pulling a man from a car on the railroad tracks just seconds before it was hit by a train. Now this, from the World Trade Center – once the scene of so much sorrow, death and destruction. Take it away New York Times:
It surely must be the world’s most expensive delivery room.
The first baby born at the new World Trade Center was delivered at 2:36 a.m. on Tuesday on a PATH concourse inside the $3.9 billion transportation hub designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
The mother, Marwa Abdrabo, was in the station with her husband and 2-year-old son. They were headed to a hospital after she had started having contractions. But it became clear to Ms. Abdrabo that the baby was not going to wait for them to reach their destination. It was not immediately clear where the family was coming from or to which hospital they were headed.
When three Port Authority police officers reached her, “she felt the baby coming and the officers prepared the area and aided for a possible birth,” according to a Port Authority statement. One officer, Brian McGraw, 34, evaluated Ms. Abdrabo and determined that the baby was on the way. The child was delivered a couple of minutes later.
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“I guess a few of the guys looked to me to get in there and handle the situation,” Officer McGraw said. “I’ll never forget this day.’’
Officer McGraw said delivering a baby at the station would have been a lot more difficult if it had happened at an hour when the station is busier.
“Luckily, it was 2:30 in the morning and when a whole lot of people weren’t there,” he said.