Metro baby leaves hospital for home

Amir Mason was discharged from the hospital Saturday afternoon, two days after he was born on a Metro platform. Photo: Hatzel Vela/ABC7

The baby boy who was born at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station Thursday has left the hospital to head home.

Shavonnte Taylor, 23, was on her way to a prenatal appointment near Foggy Bottom, but little Amir Mason decided he couldn't wait any longer. He was born just after 11 a.m. on the station's platform.

An off-duty EMT and several bystanders were at the ready to help when Taylor gave birth to 8 pound, 5 ounce Amir.

Amir, who was two weeks early, spent a few days in the neonatal intensive care unit, according to a release from The George Washington University Hospital. His breathing and heart rate were monitored.

"Amir suffered from respiratory distress shortly after birth," the hospital said in a statement.

Taylor said she was riding on the Green Line when she suddenly felt two strong contractions. A third contraction made her fall to her knees in pain.

"Three contractions later, I had the baby," she told ABC7.

With no time to get to the hospital, good Samaritans jumped in to help. The off-duty EMT began delivering Amir while a man on the platform offered the shirt off his back.

Saa Alpha, a Metro station manager, says it was incredible to see strangers come together to help.