NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - While Naheeda may be the third child for Siraji Agbere and Mariam Suleman, on Wednesday night, she became the first baby born at the new World Trade Center transportation hub.
Suraji and mariam were on their way to lenox hill hospital from their home in east orange, new jersey. Mariam was one day past her due date and was experiencing labor contractions.
"We get off the PATH train and she said she could no longer walk and I have to call the ambulance," said Suraji.
That's when they approached Port Authority Police Officer Matthew Binkowitz.
"The dad came over to me and said his wife was in labor. We were only 15 feet from them anyway, but my back was to them," Binkowitz said. "I turned around right away and saw her standing there, hunched over, holding her stomach, so I ran over there right away."
Binkowitz then called for assistance from his partner, Officer Brian McGraw, who happens to be a trained emergency medical technician and delivered a baby last year at the World Trade Center PATH station.
In front of the Roberto Coin store, the Oculus was transformed into a birthing center.
"As soon as Brian came in with the birthing kit and we set everything up, she was ready to push," Binkowitz said.
And in just 10 minutes, Naheeda was born. This beautiful eight-pound baby girl has 6-year-old sister Fareeda and 4-year-old brother Jamal waiting for her at home. The entire family is grateful for these officers.
"God bless them," Mariam said.
"When I saw the baby I said 'Oh my God, this is wonderful,'" Suraji said. "They did a very good job. A very great job."
"It's such a beautiful thing. With stuff going on now, it's a nice thing to be involved in and to happen," Binkowitz said. "I'm not encouraging anyone to do it again in the Oculus, but if it happens, we're ready."