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.