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Special Delivery! Christmas Eve Baby Born in Back of Long Island Ambulance on Side of the Road

(UPI) — A New York state woman who went shopping for a baby seat Christmas Eve said she gave birth in an ambulance when the infant refused to wait for the new year.

Karen Hollander, 40, of Great Neck, whose baby was due to be born Jan. 9, said she visited a Babies “R” Us store on Long Island Tuesday to purchase a car seat, and called her husband, Roger, 43, when she realized she was in labor while driving home around 3:30 p.m., the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

The couple chose a meeting place about halfway between them and Karen said she called 911 while on the road.

Video, Photos at NY Daily News

“The 911 operator was like, ‘OK, when the baby comes out you’re going to have to use suction,'” the mom said Wednesday from her hospital room. “I’m like, ‘I’m driving. I’m by myself. I’m not delivering my baby in this Prius.'”

Karen said a Nassau County ambulance pulled up next to her in time for her to switch vehicles before the birth.

“One guy was trying to do the IV and the other guy was like, ‘Stop with the IV. It’s time to deliver the baby; I need your help,'” she said. “Then they were like, ‘Stop the ambulance the baby’s coming out!'”

The proud mother said Alexandra Leah Hollander, the couple’s fifth child and first daughter, was born in the ambulance at the side of the road.

FFww Editor’s Note: Newsday identified the EMS personnel as Jose Hernandez and Matthew Gordon, as well as a police officer who assisted, Nassau County’s Daniel Fliedner. Kudos on a job well done gents!

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