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#1 Alyssa

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    Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:43 PM

    FirstPerson interview: Witnesses describe 'miracle' on train platform

    By Elizabeth Chuck
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    MSNBC
    updated 5:00 p.m. ET, Tues., June. 24, 2008


    NEW YORK -
    For New Yorker Wendy Brown, Monday's subway ride home included an unexpected stop: Helping to deliver a baby girl.

    Brown walked into the train station Monday afternoon to find a crowd gathered around a pregnant woman at the bottom of the stairs.
    "I thought she fell, but it ended up she was getting contractions and was about to give birth," Brown told msnbc.com.
    The woman, Francine Alfontent, was with her husband when she started going into labor on the F train platform at the East Broadway stop in Manhattan.

    The New York Daily News reported that Alfontent and her husband, Max, had left their Brooklyn home about 3 p.m. and were on a train going to Bellevue Hospital. “My wife started feeling funny on the train so I told the conductor and he called ahead to the station," Max Alfontent told the Daily News.

    A husband in shock
    Alfontent's husband and a bystander, a nurse, were helping Alfontent when Brown saw them.
    "The husband was kind of in shock," Brown said. "I held the woman's hand and encouraged her to breathe through the pain."
    Others in the crowd put items of clothing underneath Alfontent to prepare for their baby's arrival and a briefcase to lay her head down on, Brown said.
    Another witness, Tony James of Brooklyn, got off at the station right before Alfontent gave birth. Thinking someone had been injured, he went over to see if he could help and found the nurse holding a watch in her hand, timing Alfontent's contractions.

    Alfontent was "moaning and groaning, saying 'Take the baby out,'" James said. "The nurse would open up the girl's legs every once in a while to see if the baby was coming."
    Meanwhile, another witness went to guide emergency personnel to Alfontent. He returned a few minutes later with Fire Department officials and EMTs, and shortly after, Brown said, Alfontent "gave birth right there on the platform." And New York's transit system didn't skip a beat: "Trains were coming in and out of the train station."

    'We all saw a miracle happening'
    "When the baby came, people clapped and cheered," Brown said. "New Yorkers are wonderful. People think we're mean and nasty, but we all saw a miracle happening, and we all stood around and helped, and a beautiful baby girl came."
    The baby arrived at approximately 3:45 p.m., about 20 minutes after Brown had arrived at the scene.

    "Guys were coming up and they were saying, 'Congratulations, Mom, you're a very strong woman,' and guys were giving the father high fives," James said. "It's not every day that a woman has a baby on the subway."

    According to local affiliate WNBC, Alfontent delivered a 6-pound, 7-ounce baby named Soleil. Paramedics gave Alfontent oxygen and then transported her and Soleil to the hospital, James said.

    After the delivery, Alfontent was "overwhelmed," Brown said. "I kept telling her she did a fantastic job. Right there on the platform — I would have had a fit! She was a trouper. She was so happy and thankful."
    Alfontent and Soleil were both healthy and resting in New York's Bellevue Hospital on Tuesday, WNBC reported. Alfontent did not return a call from msnbc.com.

    Brown, who was on her way home from her social work counselor position at the time of the birth, exchanged phone numbers with Alfontent and her husband.
    "I'm going out to their home on Sunday to see the baby and to make sure they got the pictures."


    New York NBC affiliate WNBC contributed to this report.

    #2 Nrvsbride

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      Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:44 PM

      I was reading this in the NY Post today. All I kept thinking was "Only in New York Kids, Only in New York" LOL. (That is a famous saying by a new york post gossip columnist)

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        Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:46 PM

        gosh G is she still alive?

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          Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:48 PM

          Yeah its Cindy Adams from the NY Post who at the end of her column always tells a little random story about a NewYorker doing something ridiculous and then says Only in NY kids, only in NY. LOL.

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          Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:48 PM

          hahahahaha my BFF is wendy brown. i HAD to copy that to her, saying, "is there something you need to tell me?"

          she wrote back, "um.... yah "

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            Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:53 PM

            Quote:
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            hahahahaha my BFF is wendy brown. i HAD to copy that to her, saying, "is there something you need to tell me?"

            she wrote back, "um.... yah "
            aw thats funny. hahaha

            god what a crazy story.

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            Posted 25 June 2008 - 01:13 PM

            Oh, I'm sorry. I take the subways all the time and there is NO amount of money for which I would give birth on a subway platform. They are dirty, smelly, rat- and god-knows-what else infested places.

            I don't even think I'd stand on a platform barefooted for $10 million. You could add all the zeroes you can think of to that number and there would still be no way I'd give birth there.

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              Posted 25 June 2008 - 01:34 PM

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              Originally Posted by becks
              Oh, I'm sorry. I take the subways all the time and there is NO amount of money for which I would give birth on a subway platform. They are dirty, smelly, rat- and god-knows-what else infested places.

              I don't even think I'd stand on a platform barefooted for $10 million. You could add all the zeroes you can think of to that number and there would still be no way I'd give birth there.
              Hahaha! I'm a germaphobe (sp?) and this is all I could think about while I read the article. That poor women. I actually felt worse about the disgustingness than the fact that she got no epidural and has to suffer through that pain. Poor thing didn't have a choice though, that baby was coming!

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                Posted 25 June 2008 - 01:38 PM

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                Originally Posted by Nrvsbride
                I was reading this in the NY Post today. All I kept thinking was "Only in New York Kids, Only in New York" LOL. (That is a famous saying by a new york post gossip columnist)

                Is that liz smith glenda? I love her column!!
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                  Posted 25 June 2008 - 01:39 PM

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                  Originally Posted by Nrvsbride
                  Hahaha! I'm a germaphobe (sp?) and this is all I could think about while I read the article. That poor women. I actually felt worse about the disgustingness than the fact that she got no epidural and has to suffer through that pain. Poor thing didn't have a choice though, that baby was coming!
                  I was thinking that same thing.. the disgustingness of it all.. I don't ever touch the rails so I can't imagine having to lay down on that floor.. *blehhhhhhhhhhhh*




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