What first appeared to be typical slow-downs along the FDR northbound Tuesday morning, was anything but.
An expectant mom and her husband on their way to the hospital were forced to pull on the shoulder near 47th Street because their baby refused to wait any longer.
Detective Michael Sharpe with the NYPD was on his way to traffic court. He arrived to the scene to give the couple a helping hand.
“I opened up the passenger side door of the vehicle and the father was kneeling on the driver’s seat assisting his wife,” Det. Sharpe said at a press conference Tuesday. “The baby already crowned, the head was out.”
The father who was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher was receiving step-by-step instructions to deliver his son, according to Sharpe.
“The 911 operator instructed mom to push one more time and the baby came out immediately,” he said. “Me and dad helped catch the child [and we] wrapped it in a bunch of blankets.”
Baby Nicola was born weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces and was described as healthy as can be. The incredible moment was later shared on the NYPD’s Twitter page.
The parents and newborn were eventually assisted by responding highway officers and EMS and transported to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
The entire experience is one Det. Sharpe isn’t forgetting anytime soon.
“It’s nice to be on this side of things and on a good side of a feel good story.”