THE KINDEST PEOPLE: HEROES AND GOOD SAMARITANS, VOLUME 4
By David Bruce
Dedicated to Caleb, Hartley, and Michelle
Copyright 2012 by Bruce D. Bruce
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CHAPTER 1: STORIES 1-50
In a Hurry to be Born
In January 2012 in New York, Rabita Sarkar, age 31, of Harrison, New Jersey, was commuting with her husband, Aditya Saurabh, on a PATH commuter train to Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hospital because she was feeling contractions although her baby was not yet due. They did not make it to the hospital in time; she gave birth to a boy on the train. Ms. Sarkar said, “It’s just that this guy had other plans, and he came out earlier.” On the train, her contractions came more quickly, and her husband looked and saw that the baby’s head was already coming out. After Ms. Sarkar gave birth, a little girl on the train offered her jacket to be used to keep the newborn warm. PATH officials directed the train to skip most of its stops, so that the couple and baby could get to the hospital quickly. Emergency personnel, including police officer Atiba Joseph-Cumberbatch, met the couple and newborn and took them to the hospital. Officer Joseph-Cumberbatch is used to this kind of situation. His son did not wait to reach the hospital before being born—officer Joseph-Cumberbatch delivered him. (1)