WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thursday morning, Metro Transit Police tweeted the following: "A baby was just delivered ON THE PLATFORM at L'Enfant Plaza. MTPD on scene. Additional details will follow."
UPDATE: The mother and baby left the hospital Saturday.
The mother has been identified as Shavonnte Taylor, 23. Her son is named Amir Mason. He weighs 8 pounds and 5 ounces. Both the mother and baby are doing fine, according to transit police.
A spokesperson for George Washington University Hospital released the following statement on Friday:
"While Ms. Taylor will be
discharged on Saturday, her baby may spend a few additional days at the hospital for follow-up care... Some of the testing we are doing includes
monitoring breathing, oxygen saturation in the blood, and heart
rate levels to assure stability and wellbeing of the baby. Amir
suffered from respiratory distress shortly after birth and we had to start
him on bubble nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). He is
doing well now and we weaned him to room air on Friday
morning. We also had to do a Complete Blood Count
(CBC), blood culture and we started Amir on antibiotics for a
possible infection. We anticipate Amir will be discharged in a few days."
A Metro spokesperson says that at 10:30 a.m. a 23-year-old woman riding on the Green Line train headed toward Greenbelt, Md. went into labor. The spokesperson says that an off-duty EMT was onboard the train with the woman and when the train stopped at L'Enfant Plaza they both got off the train. The station manager was alerted, says the spokesperson. Our crew at the scene was told the station manager heard the woman screaming and called paramedics.
According to the spokesperson, the baby started coming and the off-duty EMT helped deliver the baby boy on the upper platform at approximately 10:45 a.m., says the spokesperson.
DC Fire and EMS took over and the mother and child were transported to George Washington Hospital, according to the Metro spokesperson.
In the meantime, we wanted to have a little fun. We're asking people for their #MetroBabyName ideas. Follow us at @wusa9 and share your suggestions. Among some of the names so far: Rosslyn, Dunn Loring, Brookland and Pierre (in honor of the L'Enfant Plaza's namesake.)
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