LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) – Born at seven pounds, four ounces, Alexandra Hollander slept peacefully in her mother’s arms, completely unaware of the scare she caused Tuesday night.
Not expected to make her debut until Jan. 9, Alexandra was a surprise delivery on Christmas Eve, just as her mom, Karen, was wrapping up some last minute shopping.
“I started feeling contrctions like every minute and then I had to make a decision if I were to stay there and wait for my husband,” Hollander said.
Hollander, the mother of four boys, says she knew she wouldn’t make it to the hospital so she decided to pull over into a Bank of America parking lot in Great Neck. But, just before she did, she called 9-1-1.
Officer Daniel Fliender was the first to get there. “I was a little nervous but I was trained and the training kicked in.”
Jose Hernandez and Matt Gordon, two ambulance medical technicians, were the next to show up.
Hollander was lifted into the ambulance, but within only a couple of minutes and less than a mile away from North Shore LIJ, they had to pull over to the side of the road.
It became clear little Alexandra wasn’t waiting.
“When I came in a minute behind the ambulance, people were saying congratulations and I didn’t know what for and I ran into the emergency room and saw Karen holding Baby Alexandra,” Karen’s husband, Roger, said.
From labor to delivery, the Hollanders believe all of it happened within a half hour period of time. And while this family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, AMT Gordon says despite helping to deliver other babies, Alexandra is truly a special one. “Probably number one this is definitely a very unique, incredible feeling. Christmas, I never had one of these before.”