It was my way and the highway for a newborn New Yorker, who’s now named after the expressway where she was born in her parents’ minivan as they raced to a hospital.
Alie Albarracin arrived around 3 a.m. Wednesday as parents Maria and Ivan Albarracin headed east on the Long Island Expressway from their Queens home to Bellevue Hospital.
Albarracin brought the vehicle to a screeching halt near the entrance to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel around 3:15 a.m., then jumped out and frantically asked Bridge and Tunnel Officer Tyrone Pringle for help.
“I pulled over — before he pulled me over — and said ‘please help,’” the dad said.
His daughter was already crowning.
“I could see the baby’s face,” he said. “[Maria] yelled, ‘Too late! Its too late!’
“She pushes three times, and the baby came out.”
MTA Lt. Harry Persad, 44 — a former EMT — coached the freaked-out parents through the birth.
He said the little girl’s nose and mouth were blocked off by amniotic fluid when she came out.
“When the baby came out, the father and the mother were panicked because the baby wasn’t crying,” Persad said.
He instructed Albarracin to clear off any blockage by sucking the baby’s mouth and nose.
“I told them what he had to do, and he was hands-on. As soon as the baby started crying, they were delighted,” Persad said.
“It wasn’t an ideal place or an ideal situation, but I coached them through it and I’m very happy. It was a thrilling experience.”
Her name is spelled A-L-I-E. The highway’s nickname is the “L.I.E.”
Her parents tell the New York Post they planned to name their third child Aurora but switched it after the unusual birth.
Realizing they wouldn’t make it to the hospital, the Albarracins pulled over by the Queens Midtown Tunnel and asked Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers for help. They got it from Lt. Harry Persad, who has emergency medical technician experience.
Source: AP & New York Post