Rush hour traffic took an unexpected turn Thursday when a woman went into labor in traffic on the Dolphin Expressway.
The baby drama played out around 5 p.m. near the Northwest 57th Avenue exit when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper was dispatched to a call of a woman having a baby in the back seat of a black Cadillac, said FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez.
When he arrived at the scene, there was little Trooper Aliek Sierra could do, but assist in the roadside birth. “The baby was in a hurry to come out,” Sanchez said.
The new mom was identified as Ana Delia Bracho, a visitor from Venezuela, whose family was rushing her to Jackson Memorial Hospital, but baby Ana Veronica would not wait.
When Bracho went into labor in the back seat of the Cadillac, the driver, Michael Domenico, pulled over on the eastbound exit ramp and called 911. Miami-Dade Rescue Station 40 rushed to the scene along with the trooper, who ended up assisting in the delivery.
A relative cut the cord of the 5 pound, one ounce baby. The mother and newborn were transported to South Miami Hospital, where they are recovering.
Bracho said she was not due for another month. Her baby is now an American citizen.
“Mother and family members are very grateful to all those who assisted,” Sanchez said in a news release. “It’s not every day we get to assist in delivering a baby on the Dolphin Expressway.’’