NEW YORK – A little bit of sunshine arrived on a Manhattan subway platform when a straphanger gave birth to a daughter named Soleil — French for sun.
Fellow passengers came to the aid of Francine Alfontent after her water broke at the East Broadway station.
One passenger, who's a school guidance counselor, called 911 and ran to a firehouse for help.
A nurse comforted Alfontent while waiting for paramedics, and a social worker reminded the mother-to-be how to breathe. Others offered clothing for her to rest on.
Paramedics arrived a short time later and delivered Soleil, who weighs 6 pounds, 7 ounces.
Mom and baby are doing fine at Bellevue Hospital.