Officer delivers baby on Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
An NYPD officer is being thanked for successfully delivering a baby on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Sunday.
Officer Raphael Mohammed responded Sunday afternoon to a 911 call on the Kosciuszko Bridge coming from Brooklyn.
The officer says when he arrived at the scene he saw a taxi pulled over to the side and saw the driver on his knees at the back door with his hands inside the car and a 35-year-old woman in labor in the back seat.
He says the baby appeared lifeless and was cold and starting to turn purple.
Mohammed says his priority was to get the baby breathing, but to do that he first had to get the mother to calm down.
He says that allowed him to create air space and loosen the umbilical cord, which appeared to be wrapped around the baby's neck. Once he was able to do that, he says he could hear the baby start to gasp for air.
"Once I got there, I saw that I was seeing a child's body and not a head. I'm looking closer and I see an umbilical cord, that's when, not panic, but that's when pep in my step stepped in and I had to move quickly and think quickly and know that my priority is to get air to this child, " says Mohammed.
Mohammed said this was the first time delivering a baby as an NYPD officer, but he says he had delivered a baby before while working as a medic for EMS.
Both mom and baby are now safe and sound in the hospital.