The baby who was born Thursday on a platform at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station has been discharged from the hospital. Amir Mason and his mother are now home.
The mom, 23-year-old Shavonte Taylor, was riding the Green Line, heading to George Washington University Hospital for a regular doctor's appointment, Thursday. Her baby's due date was still two-and-a-half weeks away. But Shavonte Taylor has a history of early births. Marshay Whitaker, a friend, told reporters, "I mean, her second daughter, she had her at home in the bathroom. And she, like, literally bore her out, herself. Her and her mother. So, it's like she delivered her own baby."
Sure enough, on that inbound Green Line train, Shavonte realized she wasn't going to make it to Foggy Bottom, so she stepped off onto the platform at L'Enfant Plaza. "I had a contraction," recalled Taylor. "I went over to the wall. I felt like nobody was around. I felt like I was the only person that got off the train. I had another strong contraction. I held onto the wall."
But Metro passengers did swing into action. "A older woman looked down and asked me if I was OK," continued Taylor. "I told her, 'No, I think I'm having my baby.' She ran upstairs to get help."
Off-duty EMT Autumn Manka stepped in, and a visiting bus driver took the shirt off his back for a cloth. "The lady that helped me deliver the baby [Manka, the EMT] came over and my next contraction took me down to my knees and she laid me on my back and the next moment [Amir] was here."
Shavtonte Taylor heard about all the social media suggested names, like "Dorris Closing", a play on the frequently heard recorded announcement on Metro trains: "doors are closing."
But Amir's names had already been picked out, said Taylor with a smile. Amir, although slightly premature, is now healthy and he went home to SE Washington, not by Metro, but by car.
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