Forget the back of taxi cabs: This baby boy was born in a car in the Holland Tunnel’s Manhattan entrance.
Abdel Elkarhat and Soukaina Nekhlaoui were rushing to a Brooklyn hospital from their home in Lodi, N.J., about 7 a.m. when their son, who was six weeks premature, made it clear he wanted to join the family before the car was even out of the tunnel.
The dad pulled the car to the side, and Port Authority police rushed into action. Once the baby was born, two authority Tunnel and Bridge civilian agents, George McCann and Jean Bernard, assisted and built a makeshift oxygen tent to shield the child from car fumes.
Mom and her newborn boy are in good shape at New York Downtown Hospital, where the hero agents presented her with a gift: a Holland Tunnel cap that her son, whom they called Nassim, can no doubt proudly wear when he grows up.