The French transport authority, or RATP, has gifted a baby boy 25 years worth of free rides after his surprise birth at a subway station in Paris. Eliane Barth, a mother herself, was riding the train one morning when she heard a woman groaning on the other side of the car. At first, Barth thought that it was just an aggravated adult dealing with kids, but it didn’t take her long to realize that the woman was actually going into labor.
“I was there with another lady, Aurélie, and we found ourselves alone. All of the people who had been in that part of the train had got off at Auber,” Barth told the French newspaper Le Parisien, and saying: “We saw the mother wobble. We laid her down and I just had time to take hold of the baby that was coming into my arms.”
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Not long after the woman gave birth to her son Mohamed, Barth cut the umbilical cord and immediately wrapped up the baby as the three waited for help to arrive. After news broke that the boy had literally been born inside of the station, RATP announced their gift to the boy in Twitter later that day.