Cops, medic help deliver Long Island woman's baby girl in Costco parking lot

David Caplan
July 29, 2019 - 6:40 pm

Holli Haerr

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Long Island Costco's parking lot was turned into a makeshift maternity ward Monday morning, when a pair of first responders helped a 27-year-old woman deliver a baby girl, Nassau County Police said. 

Officers arrived at a Costco in Lawrence after Shantie Krissoondatt and her husband Christopher Lakharam called 911 from the parking lot, saying they were on their way to the hospital but had to stop because she was going into labor. 

"Upon police arrival, Fourth Precinct police officer’s assisted a Nassau County Police Medic deliver a baby girl," police said in a statement. "The baby girl was then transported in a Nassau County Police Ambulance to a local hospital (South Nassau Community Hospital) for treatment. The baby is healthy and doing fine."

The newborn weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces.

The birth was a bit of surprise for the couple, considering Krissoondatt was due on Aug. 13.

"I'm still in shock, I'm just grateful for everyone that was here to help, I'm so grateful for you guys, thank you," she said.