Commuter Gives Birth on NYC Subway Platform

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.

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