Baby boy born in Holland Tunnel’s Manhattan side

Posted at 2:08 PM, Dec 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-27 00:55:38-05
Holland Tunnel baby

Port Authority Tunnel and Bridge Agent George McCann presents a Holland Tunnel cap to Soukaina Nekhlaoui, who delivered a baby in the Holland Tunnel this morning. Tunnel and Bridge Agent Jean Bernard looks on. (Courtesy Port Authority)

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.

Holland Tunnel baby

Abdel Elkarhat and Soukaina Nekhlaoui show off their newborn son, Nassim, as Port Authority Tunnel and Bridge Agents George McCann, left, and Jean Bernard look on. (Courtesy Port Authority)

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.