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Born in a New York Minute

Elevator BabyA New York mother has quite a tale to tell her son someday.

If you think you're impatient, meet a newborn who couldn't even wait during the short elevator ride to Lenox Hill Hospital's Labor and Delivery floor to be born.

Lisa Olsen's labor started like any other around 4:45am when her water broke and she started having contractions. It's the ending that will have her family talking for some time to come.

"When we got into a cab and headed up the FDR drive towards the hospital, my contractions were getting stronger and more frequent until my husband could not even time them, there was no break in between," recalls Lisa Olsen."We told the cab driver to drive faster." Apparently it was not fast enough for the baby, who was in a hurry of his own.

When they entered Lenox Hill Hospital's lobby, it became quite clear that the baby wasn't waiting anymore."
That is when they ran into Orthopaedic Surgeon Derek Jenkins, MD who was arriving for work at that moment.
"He got me onto a stretcher and into an elevator."My husband who had all of our bags could not fit and he had to take another elevator." Dr. Jenkins told me to push and somewhere between the 1st and 6th floor, he pulled the baby out and said "It's a boy!"

Lucas William Olsen weighed 8 pounds and measured 21" long and was perfectly healthy and nicknamed "Otis" by the hospital staff in honor of the elevator company.

Mrs. Olsen did not find out until the next day when Dr. Jenkins came to check on her that he is not an obstetrician but an orthopaedic surgeon and has not delivered a baby since he was in medical school and never imagined he would have to again.

"It never occurred to me that it was every bit as surprising and dramatic for him as it was for us." I was just relieved to see someone in scrubs willing to help." My husband and I are so thankful for his bravery and willingness to help in an emergency and we will forever be grateful that our path crossed with his that day."