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Thursday · August 07 2003

Normally, I stick the weirdo news stories over in the Uncommented section on the side, but this story about a 42 year old woman who nonchalantly gave birth without help, while standing on the T in Boston left my jaw on my keyboard.

A 42-year-old Braintree woman gave birth to a baby boy while standing on an inbound Red Line train yesterday morning, refusing help from stunned passengers who heard her moan and seconds later looked down to find her baby on the floor.
'' `Thanks for your concern, we're OK,' '' she said, according to Chris Chin of Duxbury. Standing 4 feet away from Judge, Chin said, he saw her tie the umbilical cord in a knot and wrap the baby in a silk scarf. ''She cradled the baby in one arm and grabbed the handrail with the other and continued to ride the T and stare out the window.''

Bill Mahoney, also of Duxbury, watched the scene unfold: ''It was simply surreal.''
About 90 seconds later, Chin said, ''I saw a head, then full baby fall out from her skirt, hit the floor sideways and slide the length of the doorway, stopping when he bumped up against the next row of seats. Still she stared out the window. Either she didn't know it happened or didn't want to acknowledge it.''

Surreal indeed.

© 2003 Jason Keglovitz