Baby born in New York City on street corner

Feb. 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A New York City woman who attempted to hail a cab to get to a hospital for the birth ended up delivering her daughter on a street corner.

Polly McCourt, 39, rushed out of her Upper East Side apartment and attempted to hail a cab to the hospital after going into labor about 4 p.m. Monday, but the infant was impatient and she gave birth at an intersection outside her building with the help of bystanders, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

"It was a crazy experience," said McCourt's husband Cian, 40. "My wife was really calm very together ... . She's a strong woman."

McCourt said he and Polly dubbed their daughter Ila Isabelle after a woman named Isabelle who helped with the birth. He said the woman left before the couple could thank her.

The mother and newborn were taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where they were doing well, the New York Daily News reported.

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