A police officer resuscitated a baby girl born not breathing in the back seat of a New York taxi on Tuesday, bringing an early Christmas present to her parents, the New York Post reported.

The baby's mother, Fang Zhu, was en route to the hospital in a taxi with her husband, An Zhao, when time ran out for the expecting mother. The baby would not wait.

The cabbie hailed the patrol car of Officers Kerryann Douglass and Joved Serrano.

Douglass, a 17-year veteran of the NYPD and mother of three, caught little Elina Zhao as she was born in the back seat. The officer cleared the baby's airway, helping her take her first gasps of air.

"I get the stuff out of the baby's mouth, and she started crying, and I was like, 'Yes!' " Douglass told the Post. "It's an overwhelmingly beautiful feeling."

"The baby is from God," the new mother told the Post from her bed at Maimonides Medical Center on Tuesday. "She's a surprise for Christmas."

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