NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Christmas gift came a little early for one Long Island family.
Karen Hollander, who was pregnant, thought she had time to run errands on Christmas Eve, including making a stop at a bank in Great Neck.
She wound up making a delivery instead of a withdrawal.
“I started walking to my car and I started feeling contractions every minute,” Hollander said.
Hollander, 40, called for help.
“I called 911, because I wanted them to know I was in, sort of, an emergency situation,” Hollander said.
Nassau police with an ambulance crew arrived within two minutes and helped bring little Alexandra Leah into the world.
“I came in about a minute behind the ambulance. people were saying congratulations and i didn’t know what for,” Roger Hollander said. “And I ran into the emergency room and saw Karen holding baby Alexandra.”
“I guess she wanted to make a grand entrance!” Karen said.
Nassau police and ambulance medical technicians are trained to deliver babies but say the miracle of birth never gets old.
“It was a great outcome. Healthy baby and the holidays, you couldn’t ask for more,” Nassau police officer Daniel Fliedner said.
Both mother and daughter are doing fine.
The Hollanders thanked the police at North Shore University Hospital.
Hollander is a New York City public school teacher.
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