Alie Albarracin arrived around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday as parents Maria and Ivan Albarracin headed east on the Long Island Expressway from their Queens home to Bellevue Hospital.
Realizing they wouldn't make it to the hospital, the Albarracins pulled over by the tunnel and asked Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers for help.
They got the assistance they needed from Lt. Harry Persad, who has emergency medical technician experience.
Persad said the mother's contractions were less than a minute apart at that point.
"Basically, I coached the mother and father through the birth," he explained. "(The father) caught the baby when the baby came out... The baby didn't breath initially. As he spanked the baby on the bottom, the baby didn't breath. I explained to him how to clear the baby's airway to get her breathing."
Persad said it was a little intense, but after the father cleared the airway, the baby started crying right away.
He later visited the hospital to check on the happy family and hold the baby who he helped deliver.
One more Christmas gift came for Maria Vera & Ivan Albarracin! On their way to @BellevueHosp baby Alie Aurora was born outside Qns-Midtown Tunnel. @MTA Lt. Harry Parsad assisted & visited later. pic.twitter.com/oyuZaYLB68— BellevueHospital (@BellevueHosp) December 27, 2018
Persad confirmed the Albarracins named her after the highway where she was born (on the Long Island Expressway aka LIE). Her name is Alie.
He's hoping for an invitation to Alie's first birthday party.
Alie is the third child for the Albarracins, but the first born along a highway.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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