Toronto

Woman gives birth on subway platform

A pregnant woman who was travelling to hospital on the subway Monday morning gave birth to a healthy girl on the platform at Wellesley station.

A pregnant woman who was travelling to hospital on the subway Monday morning gave birth to a healthy girl on the platform at Wellesley station.

Sun Hee Paik, her husband and three children had boarded the subway after she went into labour at home.

When she realized the baby was coming quickly, the 38-year-old and her family got off the train and remained on the platform.

Subway officials put the call out for a doctor or nurse when they became aware of the situation.

Paik ended up giving birth to a six-pound, four-ounce baby. Commuters comforted the new mom, and wrapped the baby up to keep her warm.

"After she had it, she left the station at Wellesley, where she waited for an ambulance to come and take her to hospital," said Marilyn Bolton of the Toronto Transit Commission.

Officials at St. Michael's Hospital say Paik and her baby are doing fine.

TTC chairp Howard Moscoe joked that Wellesley might be an appropriate name for the baby, but her parents have already called her Mary Kim.

In any case, Moscoe says he is going to try to get the baby a lifetime transit pass.